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highfalutin

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Etymology

In his book, The Adventure of English, Melvyn Bragg records that in a nascent America, when the well-to-do travelled by steamboat, said passengers were referred to as highfalutin due to the high fluted funnels on the boats.

Cf. riff raff.

Pronunciation

Adjective

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Positive
highfalutin

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  1. (US, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) Self-important, pompous; arrogant or egotistical; tending to show off or hold oneself in an unduly high regard.
    It's only a matter of time before some highfalutin developer builds a huge hotel and ruins the scenery.

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