A rather haughty man.
An example of haughty is a person who drives an expensive car in a poor neighborhood, while talking badly about the people who live there.
- having or showing great pride in oneself and disdain, contempt, or scorn for others; proud; arrogant; supercilious
- Archaic lofty; noble
Origin of haughtyMiddle English haut, high, haughty ; from OFr, high ; from altus (with h- after Frankish an unverified form hoh, high) + -y: -gh- probably inserted by analogy with naughty
Origin of haughtyFrom Middle English haut, from Old French haut, halt, alteration (influenced by Frankish h&omacron;h, high) of Latin altus, high; see al-2 in Indo-European roots.
(comparative haughtier, superlative haughtiest)
From earlier hauty, haultic, with spelling change in imitation of naughty and high, from Middle English hautein, hautain (with -ein, -ain becoming -y through the form hautenesse standing for *hauteinnesse; see haughtiness), from haute (“self-important”), from Old French haut, hault (“high, lofty”), from Frankish *hauh, hōh (“high, lofty, proud”) and Latin altus (“high, deep”). More at high, old.