Music. played or sung at a high pitch.
emotionally intense: a high-pitched argument.
(of a roof) having an almost vertical slope; steep.

Origin of high-pitched

First recorded in 1585–95
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Related Words for high-pitched

shrill, piercing, acute, clarion, shrieky, treble

Examples from the Web for high-pitched

Contemporary Examples of high-pitched

Historical Examples of high-pitched

  • A querulous, high-pitched voice, quavering with the palsy of extreme age.

    The Slave Of The Lamp

    Henry Seton Merriman

  • His voice was as odd as his appearance, it was high-pitched and quavering.

    A Nest of Spies

    Pierre Souvestre

  • He evaded the friendly hand and screeched in a high-pitched voice.

    The Velvet Glove

    Harry Harrison

  • She spoke, but her usually throaty voice was only a high-pitched squeak.

    The End of Time

    Wallace West

  • That high-pitched chattering that had come to him at times was his only guide now.

    The Finding of Haldgren

    Charles Willard Diffin

British Dictionary definitions for high-pitched



pitched high in volume or toneSee high (def. 10)
(of a roof) having steeply sloping sides
(of an argument, style, etc) lofty or intense
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