highfalutin

or high·fa·lu·tin', hi·fa·lu·tin, hi·fa·lu·tin'

[ hahy-fuh-loot-n ]
/ ˌhaɪ fəˈlut n /

adjective Informal.

pompous; bombastic; haughty; pretentious.

Nearby words

  1. higher-up,
  2. highest,
  3. highest common factor,
  4. highest intercostal vein,
  5. highet,
  6. highflier,
  7. highflyer,
  8. highflying,
  9. highholder,
  10. highhole

Also high·fa·lu·ting [hahy-fuh-loo-ting, hahy-fuh-loot-n] /ˌhaɪ fəˈlu tɪŋ, ˌhaɪ fəˈlut n/.

Origin of highfalutin

1830–40; high + falutin (perhaps orig. flutin, variant of fluting, present participle of flute)

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British Dictionary definitions for highfalutin

highfalutin

hifalutin highfaluting

/ (ˌhaɪfəˈluːtɪn) /

adjective

informal pompous or pretentious

Word Origin for highfalutin

C19: from high + -falutin, perhaps variant of fluting, from flute

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