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

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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 But don’t expect a bunch of highfalutin paintings of the Art Museum steps, or simple shots of Center City now versus in the 1970s. Nick Vadala, Philly.com, "'Rocky' as art: Philly gallery explores Italian Stallion in new show," 16 Apr. 2018 Despite my parents' careers as physicians,our household was not highfalutin and full of pictures of foxhunts, or expensive wines-actually my parents prefer box wines. Rich Santos, Marie Claire, "How Sophisticated Do You Want Your Guy To Be?," 15 Dec. 2010 People needn't be motivated only by dutiful, highfalutin notions of patriotism in order to make a difference in the world, and amassing a fortune by smartly playing whatever weird hand you're dealt in life is the American dream, dammit. Jay Willis, GQ, "Stormy Daniels Is Winning," 15 Mar. 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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English Language Learners Definition of highfalutin

informal : seeming or trying to seem great or important

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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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