high-flown

adjective
\ ˈhī-ˈflōn How to pronounce high-flown (audio) \

Definition of high-flown

1 : exceedingly or excessively high or favorable
2 : having an excessively embellished or inflated character : pretentious high-flown language

First Known Use of high-flown

1647, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of high-flown was in 1647

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“High-flown.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/high-flown. Accessed 16 Jun. 2021.

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high-flown

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of high-flown

disapproving : using fancy words that are meant to sound important and impressive

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