Definition of arrogant in English:



  • Having or revealing an exaggerated sense of one's own importance or abilities.

    ‘he's arrogant and opinionated’
    ‘a typically arrogant assumption’
    • ‘Friends of Hendrie say that some people consider him to be arrogant and superior.’
    • ‘It is the preference and importance given to the male child that makes him arrogant.’
    • ‘Schumacher is arrogant, triumphalist, sneering and a routine breaker of the rules.’
    • ‘In reality, Fawzia was more shy than cold, and she certainly wasn't arrogant or haughty.’
    • ‘Alex, who is rather arrogant and unpleasant, begins to receive strange text messages.’
    • ‘I know all this sounds stupid and arrogant but I don't pretend at any level to be able to govern anyone.’
    • ‘Charles was arrogant, conceited and a strong believer in the divine rights of kings.’
    • ‘As we continue to fight this war almost alone, it is hard to estimate how costly that arrogant decision was.’
    • ‘It's essential for you not to let yourself appear arrogant and conceited because of this.’
    • ‘Nella was still angry at their patronising and arrogant behaviour towards her in those times.’
    • ‘I wouldn't be so arrogant as to say people don't understand the good things we are doing in this area.’
    • ‘If that doesn't work, he will simply dismiss criticism with an arrogant shrug.’
    • ‘They look a little deeper into the matter without being pompous, arrogant or patronising.’
    • ‘He said it was arrogant to suggest residents should move to a quieter area.’
    • ‘One of the worst things you can be accused of today is being arrogant or offensive - even to animals.’
    • ‘To the country, it would suggest that an arrogant elite was simply arranging the transfer of power.’
    • ‘Tip in Iceland and you will be seen as arrogant and patronising - and you might get hot soup in your lap.’
    • ‘Yet the arrogant decision to hide these documents away has left a festering sore which has never healed.’
    • ‘They were more excessive, more arrogant, more abusive than any of their predecessors.’
    • ‘Those who worked with Cameron found him arrogant and unyielding to pressure to alter the course he had set.’
    haughty, conceited, hubristic, self-important, opinionated, egotistic, full of oneself, superior
    overbearing, pompous, high-handed, swaggering, boastful, bumptious, blustering, patronizing, condescending, disdainful, contemptuous, imperious
    proud, vain, immodest
    lofty, lordly, snobbish, snobby, overweening, supercilious, smug
    pretentious, affected
    scornful, mocking, sneering, scoffing
    hoity-toity, high and mighty, uppity, snooty, stuck-up, toffee-nosed, fancy-pants, snotty, jumped up, too big for one's boots, big-headed
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Late Middle English: via Old French from Latin arrogant- claiming for oneself, from the verb arrogare (see arrogate).