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[pom-puh s] /ˈpɒm pəs/
characterized by an ostentatious display of dignity or importance:
a pompous minor official.
ostentatiously lofty or high-flown:
a pompous speech.
Archaic. characterized by pomp, or a display of stately splendor or magnificence:
an impressive and pompous funeral.
Origin of pompous
1325-75; Middle English < Late Latin pompōsus. See pomp, -ous
Related forms
pompously, adverb
unpompous, adjective
unpompously, adverb
unpompousness, noun
1. pretentious. 2. inflated, turgid, bombastic. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for pompous
  • I'm never going to buy your book because you sound like a pompous windbag.
  • Few readers will buy the preposterous plot or the pompous dialogue and narrative.
  • All very high-minded and, in retrospect, more than a little pompous.
  • Yet even the stellar artwork is not enough to hoist this book out of its pompous mire.
  • People resent feeling patronized and therefore celebrate if/when the pompous are proven wrong.
  • He had the power to deflate the pompous with one artfully turned phrase.
  • The pompous king has cheeks like sides of mutton and narrow evil eyes.
  • Mainly, Popeye just punches out any guy in his way, the more pompous and tough-looking the better.
  • When they decide they will write a book showing everyone else how to live, the pompous wheels of the novel spin out of control.
  • It was lampooned as pompous and naive.
British Dictionary definitions for pompous


exaggeratedly or ostentatiously dignified or self-important
ostentatiously lofty in style: a pompous speech
(rare) characterized by ceremonial pomp or splendour
Derived Forms
pompously, adverb
pompousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for pompous

late 14c., "characterized by exaggerated self-importance," from Old French pompos (14c., Modern French pompeux) and directly from Late Latin pomposus "stately, pompous," from Latin pompa "pomp" (see pomp). More literal (but less common) meaning "characterized by pomp" is attested from early 15c. Related: Pompously.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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