Definition of highfalutin in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌhʌɪfəˈluːtɪn/
(also hifalutin, highfaluting /ˌhʌɪfəˈluːtɪŋ/)


(Especially of speech, writing, or ideas) pompous or pretentious: you don’t want any highfalutin jargon
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  • This may lead to a greater unwillingness among people in EU nations to listen to the highfaluting ideas of their leaders.
  • They persuasively argue that in all the generalized and sometimes highfalutin talk about globalization, the central role that women play in the massive migrations that define and sustain the new economy has been ignored.
  • It's kinda less highfalutin than the books I've just finished.
pretentious, affected, high-sounding, high-flown, lofty, grandiose, magniloquent grandiloquent, ornate, florid, flowery, overblown, overdone, overripe, overwrought, verbose, inflated, rhetorical, oratorical, turgid;
informal windy, purple, la-di-da, fancy-pants, hoity-toity
British informal poncey, posh


Mid 19th century (originally US): perhaps from high + fluting (present participle of flute).

Words that rhyme with highfalutin

gluten, Rasputin

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