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haughty

[haw-tee] /ˈhɔ ti/
adjective, haughtier, haughtiest.
1.
disdainfully proud; snobbish; scornfully arrogant; supercilious:
haughty aristocrats; a haughty salesclerk.
2.
Archaic. lofty or noble; exalted.
Origin of haughty
late Middle English
1520-1530
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
Synonyms
1. lordly, disdainful, contemptuous. See proud.
Antonyms
1. humble, unpretentious, unassuming.
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  • They are a bad mixture of French freedom and Spanish haughtiness which addles our brains.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  • Then he suddenly stiffened, and put on an expression of haughtiness.

    Love-at-Arms Raphael Sabatini
  • Her sweetness to the two sons of the poet was as marked as the haughtiness of her manner towards the victims of the Coup dtat.

  • I was afraid of her haughtiness humiliating me, and perhaps I was wrong.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  • He enjoyed a certain fame among his companions in misery for the haughtiness with which he faced the cruelest guards.

    The Enemies of Women Vicente Blasco Ibez
  • He was accused of haughtiness, except toward a few intimates.

    The King's Mirror Anthony Hope
  • He was burning to make Beldi feel his haughtiness, and was thinking how he could best pick a quarrel with him.

  • "Impossible to discuss these matt'rs with you," he said, with an effort at haughtiness.

    Love at Paddington W. Pett Ridge
  • The haughtiness which the psalmist disclaims has its seat in the heart and its manifestation in supercilious glances.

British Dictionary definitions for haughtiness

haughty

/ˈhɔːtɪ/
adjective -tier, -tiest
1.
having or showing arrogance
2.
(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 haughtiness
n.

1550s, from haughty + -ness. Earlier was haughtness (late 15c.).

haughty

adj.

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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