highfalutin

adjective
high·​fa·​lu·​tin | \ ˌhī-fə-ˈlü-tᵊn How to pronounce highfalutin (audio) \
variants: or less commonly

Definition of highfalutin

1 : pretentious, fancy highfalutin people
2 : expressed in or marked by the use of language that is elaborated or heightened by artificial or empty means : pompous giving a highfalutin speech

Examples of highfalutin in a Sentence

a highfalutin way of talking his highfalutin paean to the working class failed to win over a crowd that wanted to hear down-to-earth proposals for economic relief
Recent Examples on the Web Philip thought Woody Allen was a phony pseudo-intellectual who had never finished a book in his life and made all these highfalutin allusions to Strindberg and whatnot. Jordan Reife, Los Angeles Times, 31 Mar. 2021 In less highfalutin language, increasing taxes on an activity leads to less of it; cutting taxes on an activity leads to more of it. Star Tribune, 30 Jan. 2021 But after some highfalutin remarks, Crowe makes a hard turn to a profane, confrontational rant pitching his movie about a homicidal maniac. Ryan Faughnder, chicagotribune.com, 22 Aug. 2020 American politicians, the pusillanimous and the mountebanks and even their opposites, used to be as highfalutin as Foghorn Leghorn with their gibes, which made politics fun for fans of Shakespeare, the Bible or obscure history. oregonlive, 31 Mar. 2020 What began as semi-legal — if highfalutin — graffiti has taken off in recent years, with local and even international artists being commissioned to turn once-seedy downtown walls into canvases for all manner of murals. Paul Abercrombie, Washington Post, 12 Feb. 2020 And even the most highfalutin fly rodder won’t argue against a hot fried bluegill with a side of onions and potatoes. T. Edward Nickens, Field & Stream, 12 Mar. 2020 The highfalutin words, plastered on the side of the Shoeless Joe Jackson Museum, might ring hollow to those who know him largely as the most prominent of eight White Sox players who allegedly conspired with gamblers to lose a World Series. San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 Oct. 2019 The highfalutin words, plastered on the side of the Shoeless Joe Jackson Museum, might ring hollow to those who know him largely as the most prominent of eight White Sox players who allegedly conspired with gamblers to lose a World Series. San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 Oct. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of highfalutin

1839, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for highfalutin

perhaps from high entry 2 + alteration of fluting, present participle of flute

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“Highfalutin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/highfalutin. Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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