Meaning of “arrogant” in the English Dictionary

"arrogant" in British English

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uk /ˈær.ə.ɡənt/ us /ˈer-/

B2 unpleasantly proud and behaving as if you are more important than, or know more than, other people:

I found him arrogant and rude.

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  • She has an authoritative manner that at times is almost arrogant.
  • I watched the interview and thought he seemed quite arrogant.
  • He manages to exude confidence without being arrogant.
  • Like a lot of hospital consultants, he terrifies his patients with his arrogant manner.
  • If I say I'm a leading economic expert, won't that sound rather arrogant?
noun [ U ] uk /ˈær.ə.ɡəns/ us /ˈer-/


  • I was amazed by the breathtaking arrogance of the man!
  • Once he reached a position of power, he allowed himself to be taken over by greed and arrogance.
  • If you show total belief in your ability, it can be seen as arrogance.
  • The group talk with a charming lack of arrogance about their sudden rise to stardom
  • The professor's arrogance and vanity made her unpopular with colleagues and students alike.

He has a self-confidence that is sometimes seen as arrogance.
adverb us uk /-li/

The authorities had behaved arrogantly, she said.

(Definition of “arrogant” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"arrogant" in American English

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us /ˈær·ə·ɡənt/

proud in an unpleasant way and behaving as if you are better or more important than other people:

I never met a more conceited and arrogant young man.
noun [ U ] us /ˈær·ə·ɡəns/

I was disgusted by his arrogance.
adverb us /ˈær·ə·ɡənt·li/

Lapham arrogantly claimed the land was his.

(Definition of “arrogant” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)