[ 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.

Origin of pompous

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

Related forms

pomp·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 Forms

pompously, adverbpompousness, noun
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