: exceedingly or excessively high or favorable
: having an excessively embellished or inflated character : pretentious
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Examples of high-flown in a Sentence

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Word History

First Known Use

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 6 Dec. 2023.

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: not plain or simple : flowery, extravagant
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