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View synonyms for highfalutin

highfalutin

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

[ hahy-fuh-loot-n ]

adjective

, Informal.
  1. seeming or trying to seem superior, important, etc.; pompous; pretentious.


highfalutin

/ ˌhaɪfəˈluːtɪn /

adjective

  1. informal.
    pompous or pretentious


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Word History and Origins

Origin of highfalutin1

First recorded in 1830–40; high + falutin (perhaps originally flutin, variant of fluting, present participle of flute )
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Word History and Origins

Origin of highfalutin1

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

It’s like, I only get to make the highfalutin’ Rainer Maria Rilke references so long as I’m also making references to Homestar Runner.

From Vox

Are you one of those highfalutin tipplers who will only drink single-malt?

Initially, we're meant to identify with Hart, who objects whenever Cohle's highfalutin Satre-isms get out of hand.

He hated anything that was highfalutin, and he had a BS detector—his phrase again—that was unmatched in the business.

That phrase is maybe too highfalutin, but it's too famous to dispense with.

Beyond Human Nature succeeds by delivering serious arguments that challenge the reader without seeming dense or highfalutin.

He's the only one of these fellows I've tackled who didn't tell me a lot of highfalutin rot they wanted put into the article.

He hated the "highfalutin" bearing of these "furriners," who carried their chins aloft like masters of creation.

"An' you, Em, look more highfalutin' than a peacock," he replied.

Often he alluded to the opening for an American magazine, "not quite so highfalutin as the Atlantic nor so popular as Harper's."

I stuck to my colors—that's a highfalutin way of putting it—and I've got to pay the penalty.

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