An example of being highfalutin is when someone offers you to cook you a homemade dinner and you snottily say that you only dine in five star restaurants.
Origin of highfalutin
- Origin unknown
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- Alteration of high-fluting. In his book, The Adventure of English, Melvyn Bragg records that in a nascent America, when the well-to-do travelled by steamboat, said passengers were referred to as highfalutin due to the high fluted funnels on the boats. Compare riffraff.