from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Tending to be very nervous and easily excited.
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- adj. Nervous; anxious; excited or excitable.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Strung to a high pitch; spirited; sensitive.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Strung to a high pitch; in a state of great tension; high-spirited: having a sensitive or highly organized nervous system.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. being in a tense state
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She motored through the door five minutes late and appeared a bit high-strung, which subsided as she gulped down a liter of medium-roasted coffee with 10 splenda and a splash of cream.
Do you find it challenging or liberating (or both) to create such high-strung suspense in your storytelling?
Mr. Bertucelli said Mr. Laffer was "high-strung" during games, "very competitive and very focused."
For horses, who are high-strung and nervous to begin with, the stress of "killer" auctions and the journey to slaughter is a nightmare.
If I spread myself too thin, I'm not a good actor, I'm not a good mother, and I'm just really high-strung -- and everybody hates me.
"If I spread myself too thin, I'm not a good actor, I'm not a good mother, and I'm just really high-strung -- and everybody hates me."
Gilchrist has an appealing diffidence as the high-strung kid, and Roberts is also good as a tough, vulnerable young woman.
When Russell, a young, high-strung boy from a wilderness troop, stows away on the airborne house, the adventure just begins as the two of them (and a talking dog named Dug) find themselves in a race to save a rare and magnificent bird from a twisted explorer.
So, from the day Lily was born, she was the angelic foil to her high-strung sister.
One little girl I knew was high-strung from the moment she was born.