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See also: high falutin


Alternative forms[edit]


Possible alteration of high-fluting. Another speculation connects the term with high-flighting/-flying.


  • (US) IPA(key): /ˌhaɪ.fəˈlu.tɨn/, /ˈhaɪ.fəˌlu.tɨn/
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highfalutin (comparative more highfalutin, superlative most highfalutin)

  1. (US, informal) Self-important, pompous; arrogant or egotistical.
    Synonyms: bombast, hoity-toity, pretentious
    It's only a matter of time before some highfalutin developer builds a huge hotel and ruins the scenery.
    That one Cajun that moved to Austin is too highfalutin to come back to Livingston Parish. He's over there with that mean bread lady!
    His speech was very highfalutin.



highfalutin (uncountable)

  1. (archaic) Pompous speech or writing.
    • 1865, Benn Pitman, The Assassination of President Lincoln: And the Trial of the Conspirators, page 43:
      Don't write so much highfalutin next time.

Further reading[edit]

  • highfalutin at OneLook Dictionary Search
  • highfalutin in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911