Origin of highfalutinaltered from uncertain or unknown; perhaps high-floating, with intrusive vowel in mockery of excessively flowery oratorical style
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.
or hi·fa·lu·tin also high·fa·lu·ting
Origin of highfalutinOrigin unknown
(comparative more highfalutin, superlative most highfalutin)
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.
- All Moscow repeated Prince Dolgorukov's saying: "If you go on modeling and modeling you must get smeared with clay," suggesting consolation for our defeat by the memory of former victories; and the words of Rostopchin, that French soldiers have to be incited to battle by highfalutin words, and Germans by logical arguments to show them that it is more dangerous to run away than to advance, but that Russian soldiers only need to be restrained and held back!