adjective \ˈpäm-pəs\

: having or showing the attitude of people who speak and behave in a very formal and serious way because they believe that they are better, smarter, or more important than other people

Full Definition of POMPOUS

:  excessively elevated or ornate <pompous rhetoric>
:  having or exhibiting self-importance :  arrogant <a pompous politician>
:  relating to or suggestive of pomp or splendor :  magnificent
pomp·ous·ly adverb
pomp·ous·ness noun

Examples of POMPOUS

  1. She found it difficult to talk about her achievements without sounding pompous.
  2. <the pompous waiter served us in the manner of a person doing some poor soul a great favor>
  3. So as the pictures of flooded shanties flicker by on cable news, uptight neatnik Midwestern Lutherans and sensitive northeastern urban sophisticates and pompous media grandees on both coasts express shock at the unexpected squalor of the poverty and bafflement over the slovenly corruption of the civic institutions. —Rob Long, National Review, 26 Sept. 2005

Origin of POMPOUS

(see pomp)
First Known Use: 15th century

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