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[ pom-puhs ]


  1. characterized by an ostentatious display of dignity or importance:

    a pompous minor official.

    Synonyms: pretentious

  2. ostentatiously lofty or high-flown:

    a pompous speech.

    Synonyms: bombastic, turgid, inflated

  3. Archaic. characterized by pomp, or a display of stately splendor or magnificence:

    an impressive and pompous funeral.


/ ˈpɒmpəs /


  1. exaggeratedly or ostentatiously dignified or self-important
  2. ostentatiously lofty in style

    a pompous speech

  3. rare.
    characterized by ceremonial pomp or splendour

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Derived Forms

  • ˈpompousness, noun
  • ˈpompously, adverb

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Other Words From

  • pompous·ly adverb
  • un·pompous adjective
  • un·pompous·ly adverb
  • un·pompous·ness noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of pompous1

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

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Example Sentences

This year, the show has even resurrected Eliot Ness, seen making a pompous speech to reporters about bringing Capone to justice.

The dialogue is pure McCarthy as well: clipped, resonant, near-Biblical—and somewhat pompous.

Is it pompous to wonder why, as a working journalist, Wikipedia affords the other guy that title?

But he still has the cojones to speak his mind: Thomas Freidman is a ‘pompous ass.’

Man is a Noble Animal,” Browne wrote, “splendid in ashes, and pompous in the grave.

Subsequent facts, however, proved these pompous vows to be merely a figure of speech.

On the contrary, Mr. Ducksmith loved to talk—in a dismal, pompous way—chiefly of British politics.

The opportunity came presently, for Lady Merehaven was called away, leaving a pompous old diplomat to wait on the queen.

She felt almost pompous with the sense of playing her part in a great event, fancied herself, perhaps, its central figure.

A handsome soldier on a restive bay mare came next, and behind him a huge touring car with a pompous black chauffeur.





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