adjective, haughtier, haughtiest.
disdainfully proud; snobbish; scornfully arrogant; supercilious: haughty aristocrats; a haughty salesclerk.
Archaic. lofty or noble; exalted.

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

haughtily, adverb
haughtiness, noun
overhaughtily, adverb
overhaughtiness, noun
overhaughty, adjective

1. lordly, disdainful, contemptuous. See proud.

1. humble, unpretentious, unassuming.
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haughty (ˈhɔːtɪ)
adj , -tier, -tiest
1.  having or showing arrogance
2.  archaic noble or exalted
[C16: from Old French haut, literally: lofty, from Latin altus high]

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Word Origin & History

1530 (spelling changed on model of caught, etc.), from M.E. haute "high in one's own estimation" (1430), with adj. suffix, from O.Fr. haut "high," from L. altus, with initial h- by infl. of Frank. hoh.
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Example sentences
Sometimes her horse pranced haughtily before an immense crowd unable to contain its applause.
From the south the living soul, the animus of good and bad, haughtily admitting no demonstration but its own.
But polo, the world's toniest contact sport, remained haughtily and expensively cloistered.
Audaciously, he fanned a big vaudeville wave at my grandfather, who nodded haughtily in acknowledgment and reproof.
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