adjective, higher, highest.
having a great or considerable extent or reach upward or vertically; lofty; tall:
a high wall.
having a specified extent upward:
The apple tree is now 20 feet high.
situated above the ground or some base; elevated:
a high platform; a high ledge.
exceeding the common degree or measure; strong; intense:
high speed; high color.
expensive; costly; dear:
The price of food these days is much too high.
exalted in rank, station, eminence, etc.; of exalted character or quality:
a high official; high society.
produced by relatively rapid vibrations; shrill:
the high sounds of crickets.
extending to or from an elevation:
a high dive.
great in quantity, as number, degree, or force:
a high temperature; high cholesterol.
of great consequence; important; grave; serious; the high consequences of such a deed; high treason.
He took a high tone with his subordinates.
advanced to the utmost extent or to the culmination:
elevated; merry or hilarious:
high spirits; a high old time.
rich; extravagant; luxurious:
They have indulged in high living for years.
Informal. intoxicated with alcohol or narcotics:
He was so high he couldn’t stand up.
high latitude; high antiquity.
extreme in opinion or doctrine, especially religious or political:
a high Tory.
designating or pertaining to highland or inland regions.
having considerable energy or potential power.
Automotive. of, relating to, or operating at the gear transmission ratio at which the speed of the engine crankshaft and of the drive shaft most closely correspond:
Phonetics. (of a vowel) articulated with the upper surface of the tongue relatively close to some portion of the palate, as the vowels of eat and it, which are high front, and those of boot and put, which are high back.
Compare (def 53), 1 (def 30).
(of meat, especially game) tending toward a desirable or undesirable amount of decomposition; slightly tainted:
He likes his venison high.
Metallurgy. containing a relatively large amount of a specified constituent (usually used in combination):
Baseball. (of a pitched ball) crossing the plate at a level above the batter’s shoulders:
The pitch was high and outside.
Nautical. noting a wind of force 10 on the Beaufort scale, equal to a whole gale.
adverb, higher, highest.
at or to a high point, place, or level.
in or to a high rank or estimate:
He aims high in his political ambitions.
at or to a high amount or price.
in or to a high degree.
luxuriously; richly; extravagantly:
They have always lived high.
Nautical. as close to the wind as is possible while making headway with sails full.
Automotive. high gear:
He shifted into high when the road became level.
Meteorology. a pressure system characterized by relatively high pressure at its center.
Compare , 1 (def 46).
a high or the highest point, place, or level; peak:
a record high for unemployment.
Cards. the ace or highest trump out, especially in games of the all fours family.
fly high, to be full of hope or elation:
His stories began to sell, and he was flying high.
high and dry,
high and low, in every possible place; everywhere:
The missing jewelry was never found, though we searched high and low for it.
high on, Informal. enthusiastic or optimistic about; having a favorable attitude toward or opinion of.
being a relatively great distance from top to bottom; tall: a high building
situated at or extending to a relatively great distance above the ground or above sea level: a high plateau
extending from an elevation: a high dive
(in combination) coming up to a specified level: knee-high
being at its peak or point of culmination: high noon
of greater than average height: a high collar
greater than normal in degree, intensity, or amount: high prices, a high temperature, a high wind
of large or relatively large numerical value: high frequency, high voltage, high mileage
(of sound) acute in pitch; having a high frequency
(of latitudes) situated relatively far north or south from the equator
(of meat) slightly decomposed or tainted, regarded as enhancing the flavour of game
of great eminence; very important: the high priestess
exalted in style or character; elevated: high drama
expressing or feeling contempt or arrogance: high words
elated; cheerful: high spirits
(predicative) (informal) overexcited: by the end of term the children are really high
(informal) being in a state of altered consciousness, characterized esp by euphoria and often induced by the use of alcohol, narcotics, etc
luxurious or extravagant: high life
advanced in complexity or development: high finance
(of a gear) providing a relatively great forward speed for a given engine speed Compare low1 (sense 21)
(phonetics) of, relating to, or denoting a vowel whose articulation is produced by raising the back of the tongue towards the soft palate or the blade towards the hard palate, such as for the ee in English see or oo in English moon Compare low1 (sense 20)
(capital when part of name) formal and elaborate in style: High Mass
(usually capital) of or relating to the High Church
remote, esp in time
high and dry, stranded; helpless; destitute
high and low, in all places; everywhere
(informal) high and mighty, arrogant
(informal) high as a kite
high opinion, a favourable opinion
at or to a height: he jumped high
in a high manner
(nautical) close to the wind with sails full
a high place or level
(informal) a state of altered consciousness, often induced by alcohol, narcotics, etc
another word for anticyclone
short for high school
(capital) (esp in Oxford) the High Street
(electronics) the voltage level in a logic circuit corresponding to logical one Compare low1 (sense 30)
Old English heh (Anglian), heah (West Saxon) “of great height, lofty, tall, exalted, high-class,” from Proto-Germanic *haukhaz (cf. Old Saxon hoh, Old Norse har, Danish høi, Swedish hög, Old Frisian hach, Dutch hoog, Old High German hoh, German hoch, Gothic hauhs “high;” also German Hügel “hill,” Old Norse haugr “mound”), perhaps related to Lithuanian kaukara “hill.” Spelling with -gh represents a final guttural sound in the original word, lost since 14c.
Of sound pitch, late 14c. Of roads, “most frequented or important,” c.1200. Meaning “euphoric or exhilarated from alcohol” is first attested 1620s, of drugs, 1932. Sense of “proud, haughty, arrogant, supercilious” (c.1200) is reflected in high hand (late 14c.) and high horse. High seas first attested late 14c., with sense (also found in the Latin cognate) of “deep” as well as “tall” (cf. Old English heahflod “deep water,” also Old Persian baršan “height, depth”). Of an evil or a punishment, “grave, serious, severe” (e.g. high treason), c.1200 (Old English had heahsynn “deadly sin, crime”).
High pressure (adj.) is from 1824, of engines, 1891, of weather systems, 1933, of sales pitches. A child’s high chair is from 1848. High school “school for advanced studies” attested from late 15c. in Scotland; by 1824 in U.S. High time “fully time, the fullness of time,” is from late 14c. High noon is from early 14c.; the sense is “full, total, complete.” High and mighty is c.1200 (heh i mahhte). High finance (1905) is that concerned with large sums. High and dry of beached things (especially ships) is from 1783. High-water mark is what is left by a flood or highest tide (1550s); figurative use by 1814.
early 14c., “high point, top,” from high (adj.). As “area of high barometric pressure,” from 1878. As “highest recorded temperature” from 1926. Meaning “state of euphoria” is from 1953.
“thought, understanding,” obsolete from 13c. in English and also lost in Modern German, but once an important Germanic word, Old English hyge, cognate with Old Saxon hugi, Old High German hugi, Old Norse hygr, Swedish hög, Danish hu.
mile-high club, shit in high cotton
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- High arctic
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- High as a kite
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