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 Dictionary entry overview: What does pompous mean? 

POMPOUS (adjective)
  The adjective POMPOUS has 2 senses:

1. puffed up with vanity
2. characterized by pomp and ceremony and stately display

  Familiarity information: POMPOUS used as an adjective is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

POMPOUS (adjective)

Sense 1pompous [BACK TO TOP]


Puffed up with vanity


overblown; pompous; grandiloquent; pontifical; portentous

Context examples:

a grandiloquent and boastful manner / overblown oratory / a pompous speech / pseudo-scientific gobbledygook and pontifical hooey


pretentious (making claim to or creating an appearance of (often undeserved) importance or distinction)

Sense 2pompous [BACK TO TOP]


Characterized by pomp and ceremony and stately display

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Relational adjectives (pertainyms)


ceremonious; pompous


pomp (ceremonial elegance and splendor)

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