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[hahy-keed] /ˈhaɪˈkid/
very nervous or excitable; high-strung. Unabridged
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  • He spoke in a high-keyed voice that had irritating suggestions in it.

    Blindfolded Earle Ashley Walcott
  • The beach-comber was talking in a high-keyed sing-song, but with a lisp.

  • "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.

  • On it came, with its high-keyed horror growing louder and louder.

    In the Heart of a Fool William Allen White
  • 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
  • From the Indian camp, back in the sage-inclosed hollow, rose a sound of high-keyed wailing.

    Good Indian B. M. Bower
  • With the first streaks of the gray dawn Anthony heard a little, high-keyed, strange cry—new to his ears.

    The Indifference of Juliet Grace S. Richmond
  • She recognized it—the high-keyed, monotonous cry of a man who often hurried past with a bundle of newspapers under his arm.

  • Her pose was rigid and unmoving; an attitude of distress and high-keyed misery of spirit.

    The Tyranny of Weakness Charles Neville Buck
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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