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haughty

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adjective haugh·ty \ˈhȯ-tē, ˈhä-\

Simple Definition of haughty

  • : having or showing the insulting attitude of people who think that they are better, smarter, or more important than other people

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of haughty

haughtier

haughtiest

  1. :  blatantly and disdainfully proud

haughtily

play \ˈhȯ-tə-lē, ˈhä-\ adverb

haughtiness

play \ˈhȯ-tē-nəs, ˈhä-\ noun

Examples of haughty in a sentence

  1. He rejected their offer with a tone of haughty disdain.

  2. <the haughty waiter smirked when I remarked that it was odd that a French restaurant didn't even have french fries on the menu>



Origin and Etymology of haughty

obsolete haught, from Middle English haute, from Anglo-French halt, haut, literally, high, from Latin altus — more at old


First Known Use: 15th century

Synonym Discussion of haughty

proud, arrogant, haughty, lordly, insolent, overbearing, supercilious, disdainful mean showing scorn for inferiors. proud may suggest an assumed superiority or loftiness <too proud to take charity>. arrogant implies a claiming for oneself of more consideration or importance than is warranted <a conceited and arrogant executive>. haughty suggests a consciousness of superior birth or position <a haughty aristocrat>. lordly implies pomposity or an arrogant display of power <a lordly condescension>. insolent implies contemptuous haughtiness <ignored by an insolent waiter>. overbearing suggests a tyrannical manner or an intolerable insolence <an overbearing supervisor>. supercilious implies a cool, patronizing haughtiness <an aloof and supercilious manner>. disdainful suggests a more active and openly scornful superciliousness <disdainful of their social inferiors>.

Rhymes with haughty


HAUGHTY Defined for Kids

haughty

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adjective haugh·ty \ˈhȯ-tē\

Definition of haughty for Students

haughtier

haughtiest

  1. :  having or showing a proud and superior attitude <a haughty princess>

haughtily

\ˈhȯ-tə-lē\ adverb

haughtiness

\ˈhȯ-tē-nəs\ noun




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