Also spelled as hifalutin or highfalutin’ or hifalutin’ or highfaluting.
adjective: Pompous; bombastic.
Of uncertain origin, perhaps from high-fluting, from flute. Earliest documented use: 1839.
Highfalutin may or may not be high flute, but the flute’s cousin, oboe, is high wood. It’s a corruption of French haut (high) + bois (wood). The musical instrument is named owing to its having the highest register among woodwinds. An orchestra typically tunes to an oboe.
“The document talks very highfalutin’ and lofty language, which sounds great and is hard to disagree with, but at the end of the day businesses just want to get the basics right.”
Hamish Fletcher; Push for More Innovative Auckland; New Zealand Herald (Auckland); Mar 29, 2011.
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