from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. High in pitch, as a voice or musical tone.
  • adj. Steeply sloped, as a roof.
  • adj. Marked by or indicating intense emotion: a high-pitched debate.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of a sound, having a comparatively high pitch.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. high in pitch or frequency; -- used of sounds and voices. Opposite of low.
  • adj. set at a sharp or high angle or slant.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • High-strung; aspiring; haughty.
  • In music, toned high.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. used of sounds and voices; high in pitch or frequency
  • adj. set at a sharp or high angle or slant


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