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Are you haughty? Do you know anybody who is haughty? Let’s hope not!
A haughty person is somebody who is proud and arrogant and acts in a disdainful and stuck-up manner. You get the feeling that they think they’re much better than you – and everybody else, for that matter.
If you are haughty you believe you are superior, but in reality you are just too big for your boots – you have too high an opinion of yourself and could be described as vain or even an egomaniac!
If you know anybody who is haughty – or if you are haughty – please tell us about it in the comments below!
‘Terry’s boss is so haughty. She storms around the office all day barking orders at people. It’s really not on!’
abstract noun: haughtiness
opposite adjectives: humble, unassuming
sounds like: naughty (in British English), body (in American English)
We use it when we want to let another person take a decision, without us getting involved in the decision-making process.
It may be that we can’t decide ourselves, or we don’t have an opinion. It may be that the decision is particularly difficult and we don’t want to get involved – and get the blame if it goes pear-shaped (goes wrong)!
You want the full responsibility for the decision – and all of its consequences – to lie with the person whom it will most affect. Maybe because your help could backfire: if you make the wrong decision for your friend it could negatively affect your friendship:
Alex: I’m thinking about applying to Exeter University.
Alex: But I can’t decide. I really like Edinburgh.
Sue: I don’t know.
Alex: But what do you think? They’re both great universities. Come on. You must have an opinion.
Sue: It’s up to you, Alan. I really don’t want to tell you what to do.