I grew up hearing this word. Usually about someone my family didn’t like. To be honest, I thought it was an “Okie” witticism for someone who is “too big for their britches.” You can imagine my shock when I discovered the word in the dictionary. O, by the way, my “Okie” ancestors were correct in their usage.
Highfalutin is an adjective describing the behavior of a pretentious buffoon who affects a grand style in an unconvincing way. Nobody is fooled. In fact, the rest of us can’t understand where they get the idea that they are so grand. What a clown. Highfalutin outfit!
Highfalutin is nothing you want to be. Certainly not the way you want to be thought of. Paul wrote in Rom 12:3, “For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.” NKJV Ah, that sounds just right.