Haughty definition

hôtē
Having or showing great pride in oneself and disdain, contempt, or scorn for others; proud; arrogant; supercilious.
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Scornfully and condescendingly proud.
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(archaic) Lofty; noble.
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Conveying in demeanour the assumption of superiority; disdainful, supercilious.
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The definition of haughty is an arrogant person.

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.

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Other Word Forms

Adjective

Base Form:
haughty
Comparative:
haughtier
Superlative:
haughtiest

Origin of haughty

  • From Middle English haut from Old French haut, halt alteration (influenced by Frankish hōh high) of Latin altus high al-2 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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.

    From Wiktionary