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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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Examples from the web for haughty
  • Arrogant, haughty, and believing that you are self-righteous.
  • Both parents were like haughty deities who held their children in thrall.
  • Next to the palm tree, three haughty girls with pocket mirrors gossip as they reapply their makeup.
  • Her husky voice and somewhat haughty tone contrast with her writing, which is intimate, reflective and inviting.
  • The haughty bird could not stand the sight of what had become of its home.
  • Shareholders were irritated by his abrasive and haughty style.
  • It is written from on high and in a tone sometimes bordering on the haughty.
  • Nice might be the new haughty, but mean is mean forever.
  • But she is a proper actor, not all starry or haughty.
  • The relentlessly haughty, sarcastic tone suggests an almost sociopathic inability to feel empathy.
British Dictionary definitions for haughty


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 haughty

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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