highfalutin

adjective high·fa·lu·tin \ ˌhī-fə-ˈlü-tᵊn \
variants: or less commonly
|Updated on: 18 Jun 2018
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

  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

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Origin and Etymology of highfalutin

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

HIGHFALUTIN Defined for English Language Learners

highfalutin

  • : seeming or trying to seem great or important


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