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

  • adj. Rising to a great height.
  • adj. Unusually extravagant, affected, or ambitious.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Characteristic of a highflier

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Extravagant in opinions or ambition.
  • adj. Flying at a high altitude; -- of airplanes.
  • adj. Having an excessively high cost or perceived value; temporarily very successful; -- of objects with respect to a market and people in their occupations.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Extravagant in conduct, aims, or pretensions; having lofty notions; going or carried to extremes.

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

  • adj. extravagant or ambitious or extreme in aims or opinions
  • adj. moving upward or along at a considerable height


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