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[hahy-fuh-loot-n] /ˌhaɪ fəˈlut n/
adjective, Informal.
pompous; bombastic; haughty; pretentious.
Origin of highfalutin
1830-40; high + falutin (perhaps orig. flutin, variant of fluting, present participle of flute) Unabridged
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  • highfalutin composite plastics aside, the best way of doing this is to use aluminium instead of steel.
  • Convoluted and highfalutin' language obscures good thoughts, which is a pity.
  • All fail for the same reason: an overly exuberant desire to cram too many highfalutin ingredients into one dish.
  • One might ask what a place so highfalutin could offer children, and the answer is simple-afternoon tea and ghost stories.
  • His trademark voice-over is as highfalutin and half-jesting as his devotees would wish.
  • Its impact didn't make everybody get all mopey and highfalutin.
  • But logistics sent that highfalutin plan out the window.
British Dictionary definitions for highfalutin


(informal) pompous or pretentious
Word Origin
C19: from high + -falutin, perhaps variant of fluting, from flute
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Slang definitions & phrases for highfalutin



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'']

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