Overweening vs Haughty - What's the difference?

overweening | haughty |


As adjectives the difference between overweening and haughty

is that overweening is unduly confident; arrogant; presumptuous; conceited while haughty is conveying in demeanour the assumption of superiority; disdainful, supercilious.

As a noun overweening

is an excessively high opinion of oneself or one's abilities; presumption, arrogance.

As a verb overweening

is .

overweening

English

Adjective

(en adjective)
  • Unduly confident; arrogant; presumptuous; conceited.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Here's an overweening rogue.
    She wins one modeling contest in Montana and suddenly she's overweening .
  • *1870 ,
  • *:No success rendered him overweening and no disaster was ever known to stagger his firmness.
  • *1908 , Frederic Bancroft and William A. Dunning,
  • *:The Senate was displaying an overweening hauteur as if it were the government.
  • Exaggerated, excessive
  • * {{quote-web
  • , date=20150104 , year= , first= , last= , author=Jonathan Rauch , authorlink= , title=How to Make Men Free , site=NY Times citation , archiveorg= , accessdate=21050215 , passage=The idea that an overweening federal government is a threat to both freedom and equality (not to mention prosperity) goes back to Jefferson, James Madison, Patrick Henry and some other fairly respectable personages. }}

    Derived terms

    * overweeningly * overweeningness

    Noun

    (-)
  • An excessively high opinion of oneself or one's abilities; presumption, arrogance.
  • *, II.12:
  • *:Let us suppresse this over-weening .
  • Verb

    (head)
  • haughty

    English

    Adjective

    (er)
  • Conveying in demeanour the assumption of superiority; disdainful, supercilious.
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  • Synonyms

    * See also

    Usage notes

    Possibly due to the similar sounding (and utterly different in meaning) hottie'', ''haughty has become rare in some parts of North America.

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