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pompous adj : puffed up with vanity; "a grandiloquent and boastful manner"; "overblown oratory"; "a pompous speech"; "pseudo-scientific gobbledygook and pontifical hooey"- Newsweek [syn: grandiloquent, overblown, pontifical, portentous]

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, from Old French pompeux, from Latin pompa.


  • /ˈpɒmpʊs/


  1. Affectedly grand, solemn or self-important.

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