pompous
Pronunciation
  • (RP) IPA: /ˈpɒmpəs/
  • (GA) IPA: /ˈpɑmpəs/
Adjective

pompous

  1. Affectedly grand, solemn or self-important.
    • 1848, Thackeray, William Makepeace, Vanity Fair, Bantam Classics (1997), 16:
      "Not that the parting speech caused Amelia to philosophise, or that it armed her in any way with a calmness, the result of argument; but it was intolerably dull, pompous, and tedious; and having the fear of her schoolmistress greatly before her eyes, Miss Samuel did not venture, in her presence, to give way to any ebullitions of private grief."
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