from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Informal Pompous or pretentious: "highfalutin reasons for denying direct federal assistance to the unemployed” ( Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.)
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Self-important, pompous; arrogant or egotistical; tending to show off or hold oneself in unduly high regard.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Affectedly genteel; pretentious; haughty; snobbish.
- n. High-flown, bombastic language.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Pompous speech or writing; bombast; fustian.
- Pompous; high-sounding; bombastic.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. affectedly genteel
Origin unknown.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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. (Wiktionary)