Adjective "hifalutin" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


(especially of speech, writing, or ideas) pompous or pretentious.
  1. 'There's no surer way for a writer to make herself look stupid than to employ a highfalutin phrase incorrectly.'
  2. 'Although it is all highfalutin balderdash, a semblance of sense does surface here and there - for example, in the scenery and the cast of characters.'
  3. 'Mostly by implication, the film takes on education and upward mobility; the meaning of competition; our deep ambivalence about highfalutin language; and, of course, the cult of the precocious child.'
  4. 'I don't want to sound highfalutin, but the idea for that came to me from a play I'd seen at the old Vic under Jonathan Miller.'
  5. 'They persuasively argue that in all the generalized and sometimes highfalutin talk about globalization, the central role that women play in the massive migrations that define and sustain the new economy has been ignored.'
  6. 'This may lead to a greater unwillingness among people in EU nations to listen to the highfaluting ideas of their leaders.'
  7. 'Forget all that highfalutin talk about competition and laissez-faire.'
  8. 'Recently, we've seen people start to fret about the looming attention crisis, which is a highfalutin way of saying they're becoming overwhelmed by the number of blogs in their RSS feeds.'
  9. 'Another way the film startles is its highfalutin talk about prime numbers, chaos theory and French post-impressionist painters.'
  10. 'But whatever highfalutin label you put on Terkel's technique, it boils down to his ability to relate to people and get them to open up and talk frankly about their lives.'


1. highfalutin. highfalutin or highfalutin', hifalutin, hifalutin' [hahy-fuh-loot-n] /ˌhaɪ fəˈlut n/ Spell Syllables adjective, Informal.

1. pompous; bombastic; haughty; pretentious.

More examples(as adjective)

"ideas can be hifalutin."


Mid 19th century (originally US): perhaps from high + fluting (present participle of flute).