From earlier hauty, haultic, with spelling change in imitation of English naughty and English high, from Middle English hautein, hautain (with -ein, -ain becoming -y through the form hautenesse standing for *hauteinnesse; see haughtiness), from Middle English haute, from Old French haut, hault, from Frankish *hauh, *hōh and Latin altus. More at high, old.
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