highfalutin

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

[ hahy-fuh-loot-n ]
/ ˌhaɪ fəˈlut n /

adjective Informal.

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

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

Origin of highfalutin

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