[ hahy-keed ]

  1. very nervous or excitable; high-strung.

Words Nearby high-keyed

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How to use high-keyed in a sentence

  • It was the high-keyed wailing of this same man-child wanting his bottle, but it eluded Bud completely.

    Cabin Fever | B. M. Bower
  • Figure to yourself this eager little chap: high-keyed, timid, fervid: something of a buffoon, always a victim of his perceptions.

  • So with high-keyed, feminine laughter and much dust, passed the exploring party from the Rocking R.

    The Happy Family | Bertha Muzzy Bower
  • The roar was still steady, high-keyed, relentless.117 A myriad new voices seemed to have joined the screaming tumult.

    The Moccasin Ranch | Hamlin Garland
  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for high-keyed


  1. having a high pitch; shrill

  2. US highly strung

  1. bright in colour

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