highfalutin

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high·fa·lu·tin

adjective \ˌhī-fə-ˈlü-tən\

: seeming or trying to seem great or important

Full Definition of HIGHFALUTIN

2
:  expressed in or marked by the use of high-flown bombastic language :  pompous

Variants of HIGHFALUTIN

high·fa·lu·tin also hi·fa·lu·tin \ˌhī-fə-ˈlü-tən\

Examples of HIGHFALUTIN

  1. a highfalutin way of talking
  2. <his highfalutin paean to the working class failed to win over a crowd that wanted to hear down-to-earth proposals for economic relief>

Origin of HIGHFALUTIN

perhaps from 2high + alteration of fluting, present participle of flute
First Known Use: 1839

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