from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- High-strung; intent; eager.
- In music, at a high pitch.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. (of persons) excitable
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Condo is an enthusiastic confident drawer who paints in high-keyed funky color with flourish.
"You be off, I say," she rasped in her high-keyed voice, "or I'll put the constable after you."
Far from overpowering the beholder by the juxtaposition of high-keyed complementaries -one of the stock devices of what has come to be called "op art"- Hover tends to appear dark, subdued and perhaps uninteresting at first glance.
I tried it yesterday on their signature thick circular "token" card, and I liked it much more than other Bonds, which I find much too sweet and high-keyed.
The high-keyed chromatic juxtapositions of Picasso's Homme Ã la pipe of November 7, 1968, bring to mind (if not with paint - chip exactitude, then closely enough) the clangorous combination of poison green, bismuth pink, and icy aquamarine in Pontormo's Deposition of circa 1528 in the Capponi Chapel in Florence.
New York The French painter Pierre Bonnard (1867-1947) combined the paint-handling of the Post-Impressionists with the high-keyed palette of the Nabis and the Fauves -- artists who concerned themselves with the poetic and expressive, rather than the naturalistic, functions of color.
Watching the debate last night between would-be vice-presidents Joe Biden and Sarah Palin, we were struck by Palin's relentless glorification of her man, John McCain, and the high-keyed, almost manic manner in which she presented herself.
Again the professor burst into high-keyed laughter.
"I had the eerie feeling that I had just returned from an actual stay on the moon ... a tale of super-sonically high-keyed suspense."
"Throughout the heaviest din of our fire," says Colonel Carpenter, "could be heard the peculiar high-keyed ring of the defiant enemy's shots."
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