Definition of haughty
: blatantly and disdainfully proud : having or showing an attitude of superiority and contempt for people or things perceived to be inferior haughty aristocrats haughty young beauty … never deigned to notice us — Herman Melville
haughtilyplay \ˈhȯ-tə-lē, ˈhä-\ adverb
haughtinessplay \ˈhȯ-tē-nəs, ˈhä-\ noun
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Examples of haughty in a Sentence
He rejected their offer with a tone of haughty disdain.
the haughty waiter smirked when I remarked that it was odd that a French restaurant didn't even have french fries on the menu
Recent Examples of haughty from the Web
No point in wondering what Ox — who likes to read and paint and play guitar, who builds birdhouses and tends bonsai — sees in such a vain, haughty creature.
The Judd in this picture is similarly haughty but eventually more sympathetic.
Ms. Wintour is portrayed in branding-friendly style: intimidatingly haughty but also effectively pragmatic.
Mr. Cancellara said that although shoe-shining was still considered a humble job and clients could be somewhat haughty in Italy, the use of professional shoe cream polishes was on the rise.
Takada-san’s final presentation was of the robot porters, which looked like seatless, anti-aerodynamic go-kart thrones for small haughty children.
As for Parisians, across the rest of the country they are considered haughty and entitled, and also wimpy drivers.
For all her brilliance, Didion might now be deemed too haughty to tolerate, the ultimate white girl.
Team E.D. is quite an eye-catcher, but the haughty dealers are too cool to make a fuss of a visiting celebrity, so Ellen’s shopping marathon is virtually uninterrupted.
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The Connotations of haughty
Someone who is haughty looks down on others—and that position high above everyone else is present in the word's etymology. Haughty traces back to the Anglo-French halt or haut, which means literally "high."
The word has strong negative connotations. Someone who is described as "haughty" is proud in the worst way. This is not the pride a parent feels for a child who's worked hard at something, and it's not the pride a marathoner feels for completing a race. The word haughty communicates a kind of pride that is obviously full of contempt for others deemed inferior or unworthy.
The word is not applied only to people. Haughty often modifies nouns like glare, look, appearance, and attitude.
Synonym Discussion of haughty
HAUGHTY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of haughty for English Language Learners
: having or showing the insulting attitude of people who think that they are better, smarter, or more important than other people
HAUGHTY Defined for Kids
Definition of haughty for Students
: having or showing a proud and superior attitude a haughty princess
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