- having high principles; dignified.
- having or aspiring to good taste, high standards, or refinement: He writes for a high-toned literary review.
- affectedly stylish or genteel.
Origin of high-toned
Examples from the Web for high-toned
Contemporary Examples of high-toned
His message resonated with wealthy industrialists, high-toned educators, and even presidents.College Must Be More Than Just a Classy Trade School
Michael S. Roth
August 30, 2014
Historical Examples of high-toned
That's the high-toned way TO ask, and you'd ought to have known it.The Rise of Roscoe Paine
Joseph C. Lincoln
You've turned down a high-toned gentleman like Tom—and you done it for what?The Man Next Door
Both Mahone and Early are high-toned gentlemen, and they will do nothing rash.Peck's Sunshine
George W. Peck
Where are all these high-toned English girls coming from, Jack?Prescott of Saskatchewan
It seems to me that that is the most high-toned thing he could do.Paul and His Dog, v.2 (Novels of Paul de Kock Volume XIV)
Charles Paul de Kock
- having a superior social, moral, or intellectual quality
- affectedly superior
- high in tone