high-flown

  • 1 High-flown — a. 1. Elevated; proud. High flown hopes. Denham. [1913 Webster] 2. Turgid; extravagant; bombastic; inflated; as, high flown language. M. Arnold. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 high-flown — adj high flown language sounds impressive but does not have much real meaning …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 3 high-flown — [ ,haı floun ] adjective high flown ideas or language sound very complicated or important but are often not very useful or practical …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 4 high-flown — high′ flown′ adj. 1) extravagant in aims, pretensions, etc 2) pretentiously lofty; bombastic: high flown oratory[/ex] • Etymology: 1640–50 …

    From formal English to slang

  • 5 high-flown — [hī′flōn′] adj. 1. extravagantly ambitious or aspiring 2. high sounding but meaningless; bombastic …

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  • 6 high-flown — index flatulent, fustian, inflated (bombastic), orotund, turgid Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

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  • 7 high-flown — [adj] exalted, lofty bombastic, elaborate, exaggerated, extravagant, grandiloquent, grandiose, inflated, showy, turgid; concept 562 …

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  • 8 high-flown — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ (especially of language) extravagant or grandiose …

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  • 9 high-flown — adjective 1. pretentious (especially with regard to language or ideals) high flown talk of preserving the moral tone of the school a high sounding dissertation on the means to attain social revolution • Syn: ↑high sounding, ↑inflated • Similar to …

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  • 10 high-flown — ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n (disapproval) High flown language is very grand, formal, or literary. It is highly probable that many of the Service s personnel were put off by such high flown rhetoric …

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  • 11 high-flown — adjective Date: 1647 1. exceedingly or excessively high or favorable 2. having an excessively embellished or inflated character ; pretentious < high flown language > …

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  • 12 high-flown — adjective one of his high flown ideas finally panned out Syn: grand, extravagant, elaborate, flowery, lofty, ornate, overblown, overdone, overwrought, grandiloquent, magniloquent, grandiose, orotund, inflated, high sounding; affected, pretentious …

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  • 13 high-flown — /huy flohn /, adj. 1. extravagant in aims, pretensions, etc. 2. pretentiously lofty; bombastic: We couldn t endure his high flown oratory. [1640 50] Syn. 2. florid, flowery, magniloquent, grandiloquent. * * * …

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  • 14 high-flown — adjective high flown language sounds impressive but does not have much real meaning …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 high-flown — UK [ˌhaɪ ˈfləʊn] / US [ˌhaɪ ˈfloʊn] adjective high flown ideas or language sound very complicated or important but are often not very useful or practical …

    English dictionary

  • 16 high flown — Synonyms and related words: Gongoresque, Johnsonian, absurd, affected, aggrandized, ambitious, amplified, arrogant, ballyhooed, bedizened, beyond belief, big, big sounding, bizarre, bombastic, classy, cockamamie, condescending, convoluted, crazy …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 17 high-flown — I (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. extravagant, pretentious, haughty, high sounding, grandiloquent; see also egotistic 2 . II (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) a. high sounding, bombastic, grandiloquent, lofty, grandiose, pretentious, stilted, inflated,… …

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  • 18 high-flown — adj grandiloquent, grandiose, magniloquent, extravagant, lofty, vaulting, high sounding, Johnsonian, Ossianic, sonorous, sesquipedalian; bombastic, bombastical, inflated, swollen, bloated, flatulent, turgid, plethoric; overdrawn, overdone,… …

    A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

  • 19 high-flown — adjective a) pretentiously eloquent; highly figurative b) lofty, extravagant, refined Syn: bombastic, high minded …

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  • 20 high-flown — a. 1. Elevated, presumptuous, swollen, proud, lofty. 2. Extravagant, lofty, high colored, over drawn, overstrained. 3. Turgid, swollen, bombastic, pretentious, pompous, strained …

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