V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: overly proud, arrogant, and condescending

Synonyms: arrogant, condescending, proud, self-righteous, vain, conceited

Antonyms: humble

Tips: Haughty originates from the Latin word altus, "high." Think of someone whose head is "high in the clouds" and looks down on everyone around them. That is haughty. Haughty is used to describe someone who is both arrogant (elitist, pompous, looks down on people) and condescending (talks down to people). The related noun haughtiness refers to strong pride or arrogance.

Usage Examples:

She met his humble question with a haughty reply and a disdainful toss of her hair. (arrogant, vain)

Their haughtiness is off-putting and some of their old friends avoid their self-absorbed, critical, and condescending conversations. (arrogance) noun

Ever since she married a wealthy man, she has become haughty and seems to look down on and talk condescendingly to her old friends. (arrogant, condescending)

After she has a couple drinks, she develops a haughty manner and walks around like she owns the place. (conceded, arrogant, condescending)

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