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[haw-tee] /ˈhɔ ti/
adjective, haughtier, haughtiest.
disdainfully proud; snobbish; scornfully arrogant; supercilious:
haughty aristocrats; a haughty salesclerk.
Archaic. lofty or noble; exalted.
Origin of haughty
late Middle English
1520-30; obsolete haught (spelling variant of late Middle English haute < Middle French < Latin altus high, with h- < Germanic; compare Old High German hok high) + -y1
Related forms
haughtily, adverb
haughtiness, noun
overhaughtily, adverb
overhaughtiness, noun
overhaughty, adjective
1. lordly, disdainful, contemptuous. See proud.
1. humble, unpretentious, unassuming. Unabridged
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  • For, of all the haughty Lawrence women, she had the name of being the haughtiest.

    Hope Mills Amanda M. Douglas
  • And what are the haughtiest of us, but the ephemeral aristocrats of a summer's day?

  • Mrs. Wildair was the haughtiest, the most overbearing, and the most ambitious of women.

    The Actress' Daughter May Agnes Fleming
  • “If you wish,” replied Leopold at his haughtiest and coldest.

    The Princess Virginia C. N. Williamson
  • He stepped along jauntily, nose in the air and the haughtiest kind of expression on his whiskered face.

    The Wonderful Bed Gertrude Knevels
  • No, but the girl does; she's the haughtiest and the vainest damsel in the province.

    That Boy Of Norcott's Charles James Lever
  • And yet they were a pair of whom the haughtiest potentate on earth might have been proud, and with justice.

  • "Your apology is more than sufficient, monsieur," in her haughtiest tones.

  • Our haughtiest nobility—the proudest duke in the land—knows well what his alliance with a plebeian order has done for him.

    Sir Jasper Carew Charles James Lever
  • One place where I was, the governor were the haughtiest man as ever you see.

    The Gamekeeper at Home Richard Jefferies
British Dictionary definitions for haughtiest


adjective -tier, -tiest
having or showing arrogance
(archaic) noble or exalted
Derived Forms
haughtily, adverb
haughtiness, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Old French haut, literally: lofty, from Latin altus high
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Word Origin and History for haughtiest



1520s, an extension of haught (q.v.) "high in one's own estimation" by addition of -y (2) on model of might/mighty, naught/naughty, etc. Middle English also had hautif in this sense (mid-15c., from Old French hautif). Related: Haughtily.

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