[ pom-puhs ]
/ ˈpɒm pəs /


characterized by an ostentatious display of dignity or importance: a pompous minor official.
ostentatiously lofty or high-flown: a pompous speech.
Archaic. characterized by pomp, or a display of stately splendor or magnificence: an impressive and pompous funeral.

Nearby words

  1. pompilid,
  2. pompom,
  3. pompom girl,
  4. pompon,
  5. pomposity,
  6. pompton lakes,
  7. pon,
  8. ponape,
  9. ponca,
  10. ponca city

Origin of pompous

First recorded in 1325–75; Middle English word from Late Latin word pompōsus. See pomp, -ous

Related formspomp·ous·ly, adverbun·pomp·ous, adjectiveun·pomp·ous·ly, adverbun·pomp·ous·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for pompous


/ (ˈpɒmpəs) /


exaggeratedly or ostentatiously dignified or self-important
ostentatiously lofty in stylea pompous speech
rare characterized by ceremonial pomp or splendour
Derived Formspompously, adverbpompousness, noun

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Word Origin and History for pompous



late 14c., "characterized by exaggerated self-importance," from Old French pompos (14c., Modern French pompeux) and directly from Late Latin pomposus "stately, pompous," from Latin pompa "pomp" (see pomp). More literal (but less common) meaning "characterized by pomp" is attested from early 15c. Related: Pompously.

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