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hifalutin

or hifalutin'

[hahy-fuh-loot-n] /ˌhaɪ fəˈlut n/
adjective

highfalutin

or highfalutin', hifalutin, hifalutin', highfaluting

[hahy-fuh-loot-n] /ˌhaɪ fəˈlut n/
adjective, Informal.
1.
pompous; bombastic; haughty; pretentious.
Origin of highfalutin
1830-1840
1830-40; high + falutin (perhaps orig. flutin, variant of fluting, present participle of flute)
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Examples from the Web for hifalutin
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  • I fed and bedded your hifalutin' chickens though I'm sort of uneasy around that one high-steppin' rooster.

    The Black Fawn James Arthur Kjelgaard
  • He has no useless flourish in his manner, and none of the 'hifalutin' in his style.

  • He said at the time that he knew she'd bring him bad luck—she being his thirteenth—and she did, she was that hifalutin.

    The Lions of the Lord Harry Leon Wilson
  • Nor, Im jes er plain ole biznes man,—I ain got no fightin sense like dese rip snortin, hifalutin solger boys.

    Bypaths in Dixie Sarah Johnson Cocke
  • "That's her hifalutin way of putting on the dog, nurse," Doctor Parris grinned wickedly.

    Old Mr. Wiley Fanny Greye La Spina
  • No, not fer a considerbul spell lessen we has one grand, hifalutin' tornader.

    Peggy Stewart at School Gabrielle E. Jackson
  • It really was like sweating blood to try to talk reason into one so hopelessly unpractical and hifalutin as Sophy.

    Shadows of Flames Amelie Rives
British Dictionary definitions for hifalutin

hifalutin

/ˌhaɪfəˈluːtɪn/
adjective
1.
a variant spelling of highfalutin

highfalutin

/ˌhaɪfəˈluːtɪn/
adjective
1.
(informal) pompous or pretentious
Word Origin
C19: from high + -falutin, perhaps variant of fluting, from flute
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Slang definitions & phrases for hifalutin

highfalutin

adjective

Overblown and pretentious; bombastic; stilted: take one with ideas less ''highfalutin' ''/ stilted, overstrained, and as the Americans would say, hifalutin

[1848+; origin unknown; originally a gerund, seemingly based on a verb high falute, suggesting a humorous alteration of flute; perhaps fr a blend of highflown with some other element; perhaps fr Dutch verlooten, ''stilted'']

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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