highfalutin

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adjective high·fa·lu·tin \ˌhī-fə-ˈlü-tən\
variants: or less commonly

Definition of highfalutin

  1. 1 :  pretentious, fancy <highfalutin people>

  2. 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

  1. a highfalutin way of talking

  2. <his highfalutin paean to the working class failed to win over a crowd that wanted to hear down-to-earth proposals for economic relief>

Origin and Etymology of highfalutin

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


First Known Use: 1839


HIGHFALUTIN Defined for English Language Learners

highfalutin

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adjective high·fa·lu·tin \ˌhī-fə-ˈlü-tən\

Definition of highfalutin for English Language Learners

  • : seeming or trying to seem great or important


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