(US, informal) Self-important, pompous; arrogant or egotistical; tending to show off or hold oneself in unduly high regard.
Origin of 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.
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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