Definition of pompous adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈpɒmpəs//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɑːmpəs//
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showing that you think you are more important than other people, especially by using long and formal words synonym pretentious a pompous official His speech sounded very pompous and self-congratulatory. Word Originlate Middle English: from Old French pompeux ‘full of grandeur’, from late Latin pomposus, from pompa ‘pomp’.Extra examples It was a good letter, if a little pompous. She found him pompous and annoying. I can’t stand pompous people. She made a long, pompous speech. That probably sounds rather pompous.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: pompous