very nervous or excitable; high-strung.

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Examples from the Web for high-keyed

Historical Examples of high-keyed

  • He spoke in a high-keyed voice that had irritating suggestions in it.


    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

British Dictionary definitions for high-keyed



having a high pitch; shrill
US highly strung
bright in colour
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