Adjective "haughty" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Arrogantly superior and disdainful.
  1. 'a haughty British aristocrat'
  2. 'In reality, Fawzia was more shy than cold, and she certainly wasn't arrogant or haughty.'
  3. 'At the risk of sounding haughty, I would say that the art is mediocre.'
  4. 'Towards the other wives and their children she was always extremely imperious, haughty and pretentious.'
  5. 'One has a look of perplexed surprise; the other, a haughty indifference.'
  6. 'Cyclists feel aggrieved that they run the gauntlet of motorised traffic, which they also regard with haughty contempt.'
  7. 'He was haughty, erratic, self-obsessed and his violin-playing was atrocious.'
  8. 'Her demeanor was proud and haughty, and her stance bespoke power and determination.'
  9. 'She looked down at him, a haughty and imperious expression on her little face.'
  10. 'They became haughty and arrogant, and began to love the art of subterfuge and deception, as well as politics and law.'
  11. 'Guys showing off their bulging biceps, big sideburns and carrying a haughty look are out.'


1. disdainfully proud; snobbish; scornfully arrogant; supercilious: haughty aristocrats; a haughty salesclerk.

2. Archaic. lofty or noble; exalted.

More examples(as adjective)

"faces can be haughty."

"attitudes can be haughty."

"people can be haughty."

"looks can be haughty."

"ways can be haughty."

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Mid 16th century: extended form of obsolete haught, earlier haut, from Old French, from Latin altus ‘high’.