Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Scornfully and condescendingly proud. See Synonyms at proud.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Conveying in demeanour the assumption of superiority; disdainful, supercilious.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. High; lofty; bold.
  • adj. Disdainfully or contemptuously proud; arrogant; overbearing.
  • adj. Indicating haughtiness.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • High; elevated: same as haut, 1.
  • Lofty; bold; adventurous.
  • Proud and disdainful; feeling superior to others; lofty and arrogant in feeling or manner; supercilious.
  • Proceeding from excessive pride, or pride mingled with contempt; manifesting a sense of superiority: as, a haughty air or walk; a haughty tone.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. having or showing arrogant superiority to and disdain of those one views as unworthy

Etymologies

From Middle English haut, from Old French haut, halt, alteration (influenced by Frankish hōh, high) of Latin altus, high).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Janet Bronaugh used the term haughty culturalist in a 2003 article for Phipps

    NYT > Home Page

  • She was trying to keep her expression haughty, Chekov suspected, but the flush of girlish anger that leapt into her cheeks when Uhura drew alongside her betrayed more than he thought she realized.

    Firestorm

  • Cowboy boots and hats might be unusual in haughty Charlottesville or super-snobby Alexandria, but not so odd in many other parts of the state.

    Waldo Jaquith - Mike Shear on Allen’s cowboy schtick.

  • And Casey stood a-watching it in haughty grandeur there.

    Poetry Friday

  • He stood before the fire, his hands behind his back, his booted feet slightly apart, his expression haughty and cold, at variance with what he was saying — or perhaps not.

    Slightly Dangerous

  • Tathagres sat up, her expression haughty beneath tangled hair.

    Stormwarden

  • "The English mean to make slaves of us," they said, in haughty indignation, and soon a plot to murder all the British was formed.

    This Country of Ours: The Story of the United States

  • Then he marched tremendously back to the main door, his chin high, his expression haughty, his backbone rigid.

    The Gray Dawn

  • "It is I, who am to be first obeyed," said he in haughty tones.

    Hauff's Fairy Tales, Translated and Adapted

  • Sure enough, the curtains parted, and a tall, beautiful, stately creature (I quote Miss McKay's brother) swept into the room, and, approaching the wrong man, asked him in haughty tones if he were Mr. Frederick K. Stanthrope.

    When Patty Went to College

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  • Just say it. see how you automatically behave in a haughty fashion as you do....

    February 20, 2009