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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.).

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Adj.1.highfaluting - 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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It's highfalutingly called Oscillococcinum pronounced, oh-sila-cox-see-num.