high-flying

adjective
high-fly·​ing | \ ˈhī-ˈflī-iŋ How to pronounce high-flying (audio) \

Definition of high-flying

1 : marked by extravagance, pretension, or excessive ambition
2 : rising to considerable height

First Known Use of high-flying

1581, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about high-flying

Time Traveler for high-flying

Time Traveler

The first known use of high-flying was in 1581

See more words from the same year

Statistics for high-flying

Cite this Entry

“High-flying.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/high-flying. Accessed 21 Sep. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for high-flying

high-flying

adjective
How to pronounce high-flying (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of high-flying

: flying far above the ground
: very successful or determined to succeed

More from Merriam-Webster on high-flying

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for high-flying

Comments on high-flying

What made you want to look up high-flying? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Homophone Quiz

  • three bears two of them look like theyre whispering to a third bear who looks chuffed to be the center of attention
  • In order to judge how people felt, the senator's office hired a firm to take a ______.
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Citation

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!