haughty

[haw-tee]
adjective, haughtier, haughtiest.
1.
disdainfully proud; snobbish; scornfully arrogant; supercilious: haughty aristocrats; a haughty salesclerk.
2.
Archaic. lofty or noble; exalted.

Origin:
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]
 
'haughtily
 
adv
 
'haughtiness
 
n

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haughty
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
If such a declaration seems arrogant, perhaps it is because the haughtiness has not yet been fully earned.
There's a funny kind of inverse haughtiness to the tools that bartenders actually use behind their bars.
She could look stern, but haughtiness was beneath her.
And the difficulty of the situation lies in the fact that the haughtiness has often no substratum of refinement.
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