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adj. Informal
Variant of highfalutin.


a variant spelling of highfalutin


(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.hifalutin - 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"


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