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Often, I've seen "highfalutin" used to describe words or speech.

But as for word usage, is it ok to use "highfalutin" to describe a self-important / pompous person?

E.g.: This highfalutin guy is getting on my nerves...

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Does your dictionary not show the adjective form of highfalutin? – Gnawme Dec 1 '13 at 2:18
up vote 2 down vote accepted

As Gnawme points out in his comment, some dictionaries make reference to highfalutin referring to people

used for describing people, language, or ideas that sound very educated and difficult to understand

This ngram shows numerous references that use the term for people.

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Btw, the ngram shows the total usage for that word right? – Pacerier Dec 1 '13 at 2:36
-1 Wait. That's already GR! Gnawme declared it so already. – Kris Dec 1 '13 at 6:25
@Kris As I said, Gnawme gave the cite. I think it is helpful to also give the definition. The ngram is intended to answered, I would have supplemented his with this info in a comment. – bib Dec 1 '13 at 18:08
@Pacerier Yes, and a quick look makes it seems like more cites may be to things rather than people, but the latter is more than nominal. – bib Dec 1 '13 at 18:09

If "highfalutin" is an adjective, then it technically can describe anything, including people, so yes.

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Of course you know I don't mean that... – Pacerier Dec 1 '13 at 2:32
I presume he wants to know about more than grammatical correctness — "The sunset looks quiet" is grammatically correct, but still nonsense in everyday speech. – anotherdave Dec 1 '13 at 15:23
I see. Thank you. – Jonathan Spirit Dec 1 '13 at 16:18

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