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  1. snobbish; disdainful; haughty.

Origin of high-hat

First recorded in 1915–20; v., adj. use of high hat
Related formshigh-hat·ter, noun

high hat

  1. top hat.
  2. Slang. table tripod.
  3. Also hi hat. a set of high-hat cymbals.

Origin of high hat

First recorded in 1885–90
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  1. informal snobbish and arrogant
verb -hats, -hatting or -hatted (tr)
  1. informal, mainly US and Canadian to treat in a snobbish or offhand way
  1. informal a snobbish person
  2. two facing brass cymbals triggered by means of a foot pedal

high hat

  1. another name for top hat
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Word Origin and History for high-hat

high hat


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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