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haughty Syllabification: haugh·ty
Pronunciation: /ˈhôdē/

Definition of haughty in English:

adjective (haughtier, haughtiest)

Arrogantly superior and disdainful: a look of haughty disdain a haughty aristocrat
More example sentences
  • They became haughty and arrogant, and began to love the art of subterfuge and deception, as well as politics and law.
  • In reality, Fawzia was more shy than cold, and she certainly wasn't arrogant or haughty.
  • He stoops to sign in, then turns to the friend with an expression of haughty disdain.


Pronunciation: /ˈhôdəlē/
Example sentences
  • The woman wearing said fake fur turned around quickly, shot Mom a deadly look, and then haughtily turned back around and ignored her.
  • Louise came in, saw us, said, ‘Excuse me,’ very haughtily, and marched out.
  • When quite modest health care reforms were introduced by New Labour in England, Scottish Labour was haughtily dismissive of them.


Mid 16th century: extended form of obsolete haught, earlier haut, from Old French, from Latin altus 'high'.

  • altitude from Late Middle English:

    Altitude is from Latin altitudo, from altus ‘high’. The latter is also the source of altar (Old English), a raised structure for worship, enhance (Middle English), originally ‘make higher’; exalt (Late Middle English), with ex- ‘out, upwards’; and haughty (mid 16th century), from altus via French haut.

Words that rhyme with haughty

forty, naughty, pianoforte, rorty, shorty, sortie, sporty, UB40, warty
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