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highfalutin

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

[hahy-fuh-loot-n]
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adjective Informal.
  1. pompous; bombastic; haughty; 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

1830–40; high + falutin (perhaps orig. flutin, variant of fluting, present participle of flute)
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Examples from the Web for highfaluting

Historical Examples

  • His language in those telegrams and letters was highfaluting and bombastic.

    England and Germany

    Emile Joseph Dillon

  • How gorgeous to belong to a highfaluting family that's got legends and ghosts.

  • He's got to give up this highfaluting nonsense of his if he expects me to support him.

    Virginia

    Ellen Glasgow

  • Now, however, he felt that Gabriel's highfaluting nonsense was carrying him away.

    Virginia

    Ellen Glasgow

  • Well, you're a nice one with your history to put on these highfaluting, righteous airs, aren't you?

    The Ancient Law

    Ellen Glasgow


British Dictionary definitions for highfaluting

highfalutin

hifalutin highfaluting

adjective
  1. informal pompous or pretentious
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Word Origin

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