Definition of pompous in English:
1Affectedly grand, solemn, or self-important: a pompous ass who pretends he knows everything
More example sentences
- You also said that your Dad always taught you that being pompous and self-important was just about the greatest sin of all.
- Keith was painted as patronising and pompous, with a grandiose idea of her own importance.
- Still, many Panelists who accepted the usage also remarked that it was pretentious or pompous.
self-important, imperious, overbearing, domineering, magisterial, pontifical, sententious, grandiose, affected, stiff, pretentious, puffed up, arrogant, vain, haughty, proud, conceited, egotistic, supercilious, condescending, patronizing
bombastic, high-sounding, high-flown, lofty, turgid, grandiloquent, magniloquent, ornate, overblown, overripe, inflated, rhetorical, oratorical, declamatory, sonorous, portentous, pedantic, boastful, boasting, bragging, braggart, Falstaffian
informal highfalutin, windy
- Example sentences
- Indeed, the pompously Latin motto of the Advertising Standards Authority of Ireland is ‘fiant secundum descriptionem bona’ - let the product accord with its description.
- There is a story in your family in which a local squire once reminded your grandfather rather pompously that ‘I came over with the Normans.’
- Carlton is bending facts here in an area he often pompously claims first-hand knowledge.
- Example sentences
- I'm all for good satire, the sharp and perceptive deflating of pretense, pompousness or deceit.
- The five-day-long 2003 ceremony was in fact a festival in which all the pompousness and luxurious attitude of the ashram was reflected.
- At the same time he lacked the pompousness and standoffish attitude which is the way of some foreign correspondents.
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