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highfalutin

[hahy-fuh-loot-n] /ˌhaɪ fəˈlut n/
adjective, Informal.
1.
pompous; bombastic; haughty; pretentious.
Also, highfalutin', hifalutin, hifalutin', highfaluting
[hahy-fuh-loo-ting, -loot-n] /ˌhaɪ fəˈlu tɪŋ, -ˈlut n/ (Show IPA)
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Origin
1830-1840
1830-40; high + falutin (perhaps orig. flutin, variant of fluting, present participle of flute)
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British Dictionary definitions for highfaluting

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 highfaluting

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'']


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