highfalutin

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Etymology[edit]

Alteration of high-fluting. In his book, The Adventure of English, Melvyn Bragg records that in a nascent America, when the well-to-do travelled by steamboat, said passengers were referred to as highfalutin due to the high fluted funnels on the boats. Compare riffraff.

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  • (US) IPA(key): /ˌhaɪ.fəˈlu.tɨn/, /ˈhaɪ.fəˌlu.tɨn/
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Adjective[edit]

highfalutin (comparative more highfalutin, superlative most highfalutin)

  1. (US, informal) Self-important, pompous; arrogant or egotistical; tending to show off or hold oneself in unduly high regard.
    It's only a matter of time before some highfalutin developer builds a huge hotel and ruins the scenery.

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