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English definition of “pompous”


adjective     /ˈpɒm.pəs/ US  /ˈpɑːm-/ disapproving
too serious and full of importance: He's a pompous old prig who's totally incapable of taking a joke. He can sometimes sound a bit pompous when he talks about acting.Showing arrogance and conceitConfidence and self-assuranceBoasting pomposity     /pɒmˈpɒs.ə.ti/ US  /pɑːmˈpɑː.sə.t̬i/ noun [U] (also pompousness, /-nəs/ ) pompously     /-li/ adverb He strode around pompously, telling everyone what to do.Showing arrogance and conceitConfidence and self-assuranceBoasting
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