- having high principles; dignified.
- having or aspiring to good taste, high standards, or refinement: He writes for a high-toned literary review.
- affectedly stylish or genteel.
Origin of high-toned
First recorded in 1770–80
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Examples from the Web for high-tone
Come on, boys, dem as wants to be high-tone and pass de time o' day with de Presydent, chip in.
You high-tone, kid-glove Eastern towerists want to watch out who you go calling destitute.Free Air
- having a superior social, moral, or intellectual quality
- affectedly superior
- high in tone
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Word Origin and History for high-tone
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