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

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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 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, "Movie theaters tout COVID-19 safety. Will moviegoers buy it?," 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, "Donald Trump is famous for his insults, but his invective doesn’t compare to Theodore Roosevelt’s, Oregon author argues," 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, "St. Petersburg, Fla.," 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, "The Best Flies for Catching Panfish," 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, "Column: MLB needs to put Shoeless Joe back in the game," 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, "Column: MLB needs to put Shoeless Joe back in the game," 8 Oct. 2019 Until the massive mess-up by the Democrats on Caucus Night, the caucuses had performed as advertised: The highfalutin forced to meet and greet the hoi polloi. Charlie Szold, National Review, "Keep Politics Fun; Save the Iowa Caucuses," 11 Feb. 2020 The references—to Hesiod’s advice on choosing a mate, Thomas Edison’s theory of memory, Lebanese proverbs, early space travel—serve to heighten the text without seeming highfalutin. Emily Bobrow, WSJ, "‘Weather’ Review: Happy Thoughts?," 7 Feb. 2020

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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 24 Jan. 2021.

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highfalutin

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English Language Learners Definition of highfalutin

informal : seeming or trying to seem great or important

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