adjective haugh·ty \ˈh-tē, ˈhä-\

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


Full Definition of HAUGHTY

:  blatantly and disdainfully proud
haugh·ti·ly \ˈh-tə-lē, ˈhä-\ adverb
haugh·ti·ness \ˈh-tē-nəs, ˈhä-\ noun

Examples of HAUGHTY

  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 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

Related to HAUGHTY

assumptive, bumptious, cavalier, chesty, arrogant, highfalutin (also hifalutin), high-and-mighty, high-handed, high-hat, huffish, huffy, imperious, important, lofty, lordly, masterful, overweening, peremptory, pompous, presuming, presumptuous, pretentious, self-asserting, self-assertive, sniffy, stiff-necked, supercilious, superior, toplofty (also toploftical), uppish, uppity
humble, lowly, modest, unarrogant, unpretentious
See Synonym Discussion at proud

Rhymes with HAUGHTY


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