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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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.