high hat


noun

Slang. table tripod.
Also hi hat. a set of high-hat cymbals.

Nearby words

  1. high frequency,
  2. high fulham,
  3. high gear,
  4. high german,
  5. high ground,
  6. high holidays,
  7. high holy day,
  8. high hopes,
  9. high horse,
  10. high hurdles

Origin of high hat

First recorded in 1885–90

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British Dictionary definitions for hi-hat

hi-hat

noun

a variant spelling of high-hat (def. 4)

high hat

noun

another name for top hat
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Word Origin and History for hi-hat

high hat

n.

1889, "tall hat;" also used synechdochically for men who wear such hats; figurative meaning "swelled head" is from 1923. Drum set sense is from 1934.

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