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.

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  • "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.

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  • 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.

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  • The high-keyed chromatic juxtapositions of Picasso's Homme à 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Again the professor burst into high-keyed laughter.

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  • "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."

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  • "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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