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[hahy-keed] /ˈhaɪˈkid/
very nervous or excitable; high-strung. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • "I put the mail in the basket on the hall table," he said in high-keyed endeavour to express withering contempt.

    No Clue James Hay
  • He spoke in a high-keyed voice that had irritating suggestions in it.

    Blindfolded Earle Ashley Walcott
  • I was too busy with my own troubles to see what happened to him, so could only judge from the tremolo of his high-keyed cursing.

    Down the Yellowstone Lewis R. Freeman
  • "Nat talks too much, Mr. O'Day," he piped in a high-keyed voice.

    Felix O'Day F. Hopkinson Smith
  • Figure to yourself this eager little chap: high-keyed, timid, fervid: something of a buffoon, always a victim of his perceptions.

  • From the Indian camp, back in the sage-inclosed hollow, rose a sound of high-keyed wailing.

    Good Indian B. M. Bower
  • Finally Dr. Nesbit spoke in his high-keyed voice: “I presume legal verbiage is all they talk in hell!”

    In the Heart of a Fool William Allen White
  • Her pose was rigid and unmoving; an attitude of distress and high-keyed misery of spirit.

    The Tyranny of Weakness Charles Neville Buck
  • Oliver winked rapidly in the intensity of high-keyed nervous strain.

    A Modern Aladdin Howard Pyle
  • An officer walked rapidly along behind their own line, his voice, high-keyed with excitement, striving vainly to be reassuring.

    With Sully into the Sioux Land Joseph Mills Hanson
British Dictionary definitions for high-keyed


having a high pitch; shrill
(US) highly strung
bright in colour
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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