haughty (adj.) 1520s, an extension of HAUGHT (Cf. haught) (q.v.) "high in one's own estimation" by addition of -Y (Cf. -y) (2) on model of might/mighty, naught/naughty, etc. Middle English also had hautif in this sense (mid-15c., from O.Fr. hautif). Related: Haughtily.

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  • Haughty — Haugh ty (h[add] t[y^]), a. [Compar. {Haughtier} (h[add] t[i^]*[ e]r); superl. {Haughtiest}.] [OE. hautein, F. hautain, fr. haut high, OF. also halt, fr. L. altus. See {Altitude}.] [1913 Webster] 1. High; lofty; bold. [Obs. or Archaic] [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • haughty — [hôt′ē] adj. haughtier, haughtiest [ME haut, high, haughty < OFr, high < altus (with h after Frank * hoh, high) + Y3: gh prob. inserted by analogy with NAUGHTY] 1. having or showing great pride in oneself and disdain, contempt, or scorn for …   English World dictionary

  • haughty — index cynical, disdainful, impertinent (insolent), inflated (vain), insolent, orgulous, presumptuou …   Law dictionary

  • haughty — *proud, arrogant, insolent, lordly, overbearing, supercilious, disdainful Analogous words: aloof, detached, *indifferent: vain, vainglorious, proud (see under PRIDE n): contemptuous, scornful (see corresponding nouns at DESPISE) Antonyms: lowly… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • haughty — [adj] arrogant assuming, cavalier*, conceited, contemptuous, detached, disdainful, distant, egotistic, egotistical, high, high and mighty*, hoity toity*, imperious, indifferent, lofty, on high horse*, overbearing, overweening, proud, reserved,… …   New thesaurus

  • haughty — ► ADJECTIVE (haughtier, haughtiest) ▪ arrogantly superior and disdainful. DERIVATIVES haughtily adverb haughtiness noun. ORIGIN Old French hault high from Latin altus …   English terms dictionary

  • haughty — UK [ˈhɔːtɪ] / US [ˈhɔtɪ] adjective Word forms haughty : adjective haughty comparative haughtier superlative haughtiest proud and unfriendly a haughty expression Derived words: haughtily adverb haughtiness noun uncountable …   English dictionary

  • haughty — haughtily, adv. haughtiness, n. /haw tee/, adj., haughtier, haughtiest. 1. disdainfully proud; snobbish; scornfully arrogant; supercilious: haughty aristocrats; a haughty salesclerk. 2. Archaic. lofty or noble; exalted. [1520 30; obs. haught (sp …   Universalium

  • haughty — haugh|ty [ˈho:ti US ˈho: ] adj [Date: 1500 1600; Origin: haught haughty (15 19 centuries), from French haut high ] behaving in a proud unfriendly way →↑stuck up ▪ a haughty laugh >haughtily adv >haughtiness n [U] …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • haughty — [16] To be haughty is to be ‘above oneself’, or, to put it another way, to be ‘on one’s high horse’. For etymologically, haughty means simply ‘high’. It is an alteration of an earlier, now dead English adjective haught, which was borrowed from… …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

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