high·​fa·​lu·​tin | \ ˌhī-fə-ˈlü-tᵊn How to pronounce highfalutin (audio) \
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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

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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 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. Paul Newberry, The Denver Post, "Newberry: MLB needs to put Shoeless Joe back in the game," 9 Oct. 2019 In a sense, this highfalutin hypocrisy and lack of principle is the point of Bagehot. John Lanchester, The New Yorker, "The Invention of Money," 29 July 2019 All of these really highfalutin figures look back on their time as fast-food employees as kind of character-building weigh stations on their way to success. Rachel Sugar, Vox, "Drive-Thru Dreams: A Journey Through the Heart of America’s Fast-Food Kingdom," 26 June 2019 Remember that scene where Batman cut a bullet out of a wall and used some highfalutin computer program to recreate the fingerprint on it? Jason Parham, WIRED, "Batman Is Only Kinda Good at Crime Scene Investigation," 21 June 2018 Their brash energy counts for a lot, and in horror movies, especially, too much highfalutin artiness can just end up being a chill-killer. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "The Artfully Made Hereditary Is the Latest Horror Film to Elevate the Genre," 7 June 2018 In this respect, the patent application departs from the highfalutin Brave New World aspects of The Selfish Ledger and gets right back to what makes money for Google: creating new services that help advertisers better flaunt their goods. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "Google’s Selfish Ledger ideas can also be found in its patent applications," 19 May 2018 Despite their highfalutin degrees, doctors aren’t perfect. Stephen Ruiz, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Seminole Special Olympian refuses to let cerebral palsy win," 18 May 2018 The problem is that Ms. Jamison can’t or won’t cut the highfalutin language, the unrelentingly earnest, good-student voice and academic distance. Kate Christensen, WSJ, "‘The Recovering’ Review: When Another Drink Will Kill You," 20 Apr. 2018

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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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The first known use of highfalutin was in 1839

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19 Nov 2019

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“Highfalutin.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/highfalutin. Accessed 11 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of highfalutin

informal : seeming or trying to seem great or important

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