from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective High in pitch, as a voice or musical tone.
  • adjective Steeply sloped, as a roof.
  • adjective Marked by or indicating intense emotion.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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


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  • "I think the soccer semi-finals are to be played in Mexico City", said Tom in a high-pitched voice.

    October 30, 2007