Definition of pompous in English:

pompous

adjective

  • 1Affectedly grand, solemn, or self-important.

    ‘a pompous ass who pretends he knows everything’
    • ‘You also said that your Dad always taught you that being pompous and self-important was just about the greatest sin of all.’
    • ‘Keith was painted as patronising and pompous, with a grandiose idea of her own importance.’
    • ‘Still, many Panelists who accepted the usage also remarked that it was pretentious or pompous.’
    • ‘They look a little deeper into the matter without being pompous, arrogant or patronising.’
    • ‘Amrish Puri stars in one of the tales as a vain and pompous man.’
    • ‘I don't think anyone could read this behaviour in any other way than being pompous and patronising.’
    • ‘He'll have to swallow that pompous, condescending smile of his once he sees my marks.’
    • ‘But saying something on a grand scale is what fools or pompous pundits usually do.’
    • ‘Fifth, the remedy cannot be pompous pontification or moral policing.’
    • ‘Many of the most pompous and arrogant men I've ever met have been obsessed by upgrading their flight tickets.’
    • ‘Taking an aristocrat's pompous and often unrealistic pontifications as an ideal for living is clearly not a good thing.’
    • ‘Lord Irvine has always been portrayed as a pompous and arrogant.’
    • ‘Technical people too often seem distant, effete, imperious, and even pompous.’
    • ‘As if his letters were not a true indicator of his pompous attitude, Donovan in person was pretentious and rude.’
    • ‘He is arrogant, pompous, never misses a chance to show off his superiority, and drinks to excess.’
    • ‘I was pompous, arrogant and so full of my self that I thought that I could do anything.’
    • ‘Aristotle's critics have pounced upon this sentence as an example of pompous obscurantism.’
    • ‘There was rarely anything vicious about these jokes: they were leg pulling jokes which only the sensitive and pompous found annoying.’
    • ‘I've just deleted a very long and somewhat pompous sociology essay that you probably wouldn't have been able to bear reading all the way through.’
    • ‘It is here that Nazneen is to spend the rest of her days married to Chanu Babu - a pompous yet discreetly sensitive man twenty years her senior.’
    self-important, imperious, overbearing, domineering, magisterial, pontifical, sententious, grandiose, affected, stiff, pretentious, puffed up, arrogant, vain, haughty, proud, conceited, egotistic, supercilious, condescending, patronizing
    bombastic, high-sounding, high-flown, lofty, turgid, grandiloquent, magniloquent, ornate, overblown, overripe, inflated, rhetorical, oratorical, declamatory, sonorous, portentous, pedantic, boastful, boasting, bragging, braggart, Falstaffian
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  • 2archaic Characterized by pomp or splendour.

    ‘processions and other pompous shows’
    • ‘The pompous, splendid Library, on the other hand, visually overwhelms its contents.’
    • ‘Walton is splendidly pompous and circumstantial when extolling the Babylonian gods.’

Origin

Late Middle English from Old French pompeux ‘full of grandeur’, from late Latin pomposus, from pompa ‘pomp’.

Pronunciation

pompous

/ˈpɒmpəs/