high·​fa·​lu·​tin ˌhī-fə-ˈlü-tᵊn How to pronounce highfalutin (audio)
variants or less commonly hifalutin
: pretentious, fancy
highfalutin people
: 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 Don’t expect the pair to celebrate either milestone with a highfalutin meal, though. Chris Morris, Fortune, 30 Aug. 2023 Then there are the highfalutin expressions like Parker’s Heritage Collection, Heaven Hill Heritage Collection, and the whiskey in question, Old Fitzgerald. Jonah Flicker, Robb Report, 21 Aug. 2023 Despite the highfalutin framing, the only part of X described above that is not already in some way a part of Twitter, is a means of making payments. Brian Merchant, Los Angeles Times, 26 July 2023 No one will confuse the Hyundai with, say, a BMW M3, but the improved steering and chassis control—along with those big, grippy tires—let the Hyundai hustle through curves with grace and serenity, at speeds that would challenge several highfalutin’ sports sedans. IEEE Spectrum, 22 Apr. 2023 His affected, highfalutin accent is from his father; the fluid agony in his limbs is from his mother. Dan Piepenbring, Harper's Magazine, 7 Jan. 2022 Later today, Gabriel Rucker, the two-time James Beard Award winning chef at Portland’s Le Pigeon, will join 19 other notable chefs at Big Top, a highfalutin food event inspired by carnivals and fairs. Mrussell, oregonlive, 26 Jan. 2023 The steering, chassis control, and those big, grippy tires let the Hyundai hustle through curves with grace and serenity—at speeds that would challenge several highfalutin’ sports sedans. IEEE Spectrum, 22 Apr. 2023 Who cares about such highfalutin abstractions? Erik Wemple, Washington Post, 14 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1839, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of highfalutin was in 1839

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Cite this Entry

“Highfalutin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/highfalutin. Accessed 28 Sep. 2023.

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high·​fa·​lu·​tin ˌhī-fə-ˈlüt-ᵊn How to pronounce highfalutin (audio)
: pretentious, pompous
highfalutin talk
highfalutin people
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