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or hi·fa·lu·tin  (hī′fə-lo͞ot′n) also high·fa·lu·ting (-lo͞ot′n, -lo͞o′tĭng)
adj. Informal
Pompous or pretentious: "highfalutin reasons for denying direct federal assistance to the unemployed" (Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.).

[Origin unknown.]


(ˌhaɪfəˈluːtɪn) or




informal pompous or pretentious
[C19: from high + -falutin, perhaps variant of fluting, from flute]


(ˌhaɪ fəˈlut n)

also high•fa•lu•ting

(-ˈlu tɪŋ, -ˈlut n)

adj. Informal.
pompous; haughty; pretentious.
[1830–40; high + falutin (perhaps orig. flutin, variant of fluting, present participle of flute)]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.highfalutin - affectedly genteel
pretentious - making claim to or creating an appearance of (often undeserved) importance or distinction; "a pretentious country house"; "a pretentious fraud"; "a pretentious scholarly edition"


adjective (Informal) pompous, lofty, high-flown, pretentious, grandiose, swanky (informal), florid, bombastic, supercilious, high-sounding, arty-farty (informal), magniloquent This isn't highfalutin art.


or hifalutin
also highfaluting
Informal. Characterized by an exaggerated show of dignity or self-importance:


highfaluting [ˈhaɪfəˈluːtɪn] ADJpresuntuoso, pomposo


[ˌhaɪfəˈluːtɪn] adjaffecté(e)high fashion nhaute couture fhigh-fashion [ˌhaɪˈfæəən] modif [clothes, label] → haute couture invhigh fibre diet (British) high-fibre diet (British) high fiber diet (US) high-fiber diet (US) n (= régime) → régime m riche en fibres (= food eaten) → alimentation f riche en fibreshigh finance nla haute financehigh five high-five [ˌhaɪˈfaɪv] nhigh five m
to give sb a high five → faire un high five avec qn, échanger un high five avec qn, taper dans les mains de qnhigh-flier high-flyer, high flier, high flyer [ˌhaɪˈflaɪər] n (gifted)jeune loup m; (successful) corporate high-fliers → cadres de haut vol, cadres de haute voléehigh-flown [ˌhaɪˈfləʊn] adj [style, discourse] → ampoulé(e)high-flyer high flyer [ˌhaɪˈflaɪər] = high-flierhigh-flying [ˌhaɪˈflaɪɪŋ] adj [businessman, lawyer, executive] → de haute volée, de haut vol; [aim, ambition] → extravaganthigh-frequency [ˌhaɪˈfriːkwənsi] modifà haute fréquencehigh gear n (US)cinquième f, cinquième vitesse fhigh-grade [ˌhaɪˈgreɪd] modifde qualité supérieurehigh-handed [ˌhaɪˈhændɪd] adjcavalier/ière
He wants to be seen as less bossy and high-handed → Il voudrait être perçu comme une personne moins autoritaire et cavalière.high-heeled [ˌhaɪˈhiːld] adj [shoes, boots] → à hauts talons
high-heeled shoes → chaussures à hauts talonshigh heels nplhauts talons mplhigh horse n
to be on one's high horse → monter sur ses grands chevauxhigh-impact [ˌhaɪˈɪmpækt] adj (= strong) [material] → résistant(e) aux impactshigh-income [ˌhaɪˈɪnkəm] modif [earner, taxpayer, family] → à hauts revenus; [fund, bond] → à haut rendementhigh-interest [ˌhaɪˈɪntrəst] adj [loan, mortgage] → à intérêt élevé; [account] → fortement rémunéré(e)
a high-interest bank account → un compte bancaire fortement rémunéré


[ˌhaɪfəˈluːtɪn] adj (fam) → pomposo/a
References in classic literature ?
All Moscow repeated Prince Dolgorukov's saying: "If you go on modeling and modeling you must get smeared with clay," suggesting consolation for our defeat by the memory of former victories; and the words of Rostopchin, that French soldiers have to be incited to battle by highfalutin words, and Germans by logical arguments to show them that it is more dangerous to run away than to advance, but that Russian soldiers only need to be restrained and held back
There was nothing highfalutin about her company manners--it was by this homely phrase that he differentiated this Dede on horseback from the Dede with the office manners whom he had always known.
I'm glad you didn't load him down with some highfalutin, romantic name that he'd be ashamed of when he gets to be a grandfather.
We don't believe that design is highfalutin," Nixon said.
Highfalutin rubbish for telling us Kilkenny was going for a scan.
Democratization of the party, which, shorn of all its highfalutin effect, means not grovelling before The Family in the Congress, is one of those aspects close to the heart of the Amethi MP.
But lest this description make the whole thing sound too highfalutin or allusively "postmodern," rest assured that Lundgrens tricky Trude is his own creation, and that Norberg's dispirited search proves consistently moving and compelling.
Ditch all the highfalutin eco lingo and bigot bitching.
The management, with their ridiculous highfalutin titles - Director of Vision, puleeze - are bloated and don't do much apart from holding endless meetings and writing countless memos to each other.
He invited one of his highfalutin buddies, the president of Credit Default Swaps-R-Us, to come along.