adjective ar·ro·gant \ˈer-ə-gənt, ˈa-rə-\

: having or showing the insulting attitude of people who believe that they are better, smarter, or more important than other people : having or showing arrogance

Full Definition of ARROGANT

:  exaggerating or disposed to exaggerate one's own worth or importance often by an overbearing manner <an arrogant official>
:  showing an offensive attitude of superiority :  proceeding from or characterized by arrogance <an arrogant reply>
ar·ro·gant·ly adverb

Examples of ARROGANT

  1. Tim Blixseth, the founder of the Yellowstone Club and other gated hideaways, tells Frank: I don't like most rich people. They can be arrogant. This from a man who owns two Shih Tzus named Learjet and G2. —Alex Beam, New York Times Book Review, 10 June 2007

Origin of ARROGANT

Middle English, from Latin arrogant-, arrogans, present participle of arrogare (see arrogate)
First Known Use: 14th century

Related to ARROGANT

assumptive, bumptious, cavalier, chesty, haughty, highfalutin (also hifalutin), high-and-mighty, high-handed, high-hat, huffish, huffy, imperious, important, lofty, lordly, masterful, overweening, peremptory, pompous, presuming, presumptuous, pretentious, self-asserting, self-assertive, sniffy, stiff-necked, supercilious, superior, toplofty (also toploftical), uppish, uppity
humble, lowly, modest, unarrogant, unpretentious

Synonym Discussion of ARROGANT

proud, arrogant, haughty, lordly, insolent, overbearing, supercilious, disdainful mean showing scorn for inferiors. proud may suggest an assumed superiority or loftiness <too proud to take charity>. arrogant implies a claiming for oneself of more consideration or importance than is warranted <a conceited and arrogant executive>. haughty suggests a consciousness of superior birth or position <a haughty aristocrat>. lordly implies pomposity or an arrogant display of power <a lordly condescension>. insolent implies contemptuous haughtiness <ignored by an insolent waiter>. overbearing suggests a tyrannical manner or an intolerable insolence <an overbearing supervisor>. supercilious implies a cool, patronizing haughtiness <an aloof and supercilious manner>. disdainful suggests a more active and openly scornful superciliousness <disdainful of their social inferiors>.
ARROGANT Defined for Kids


adjective ar·ro·gant \ˈer-ə-gənt\

Definition of ARROGANT for Kids

:  showing the attitude of a person who is overly proud of himself or herself or of his or her own opinions
ar·ro·gant·ly adverb


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