- water at its greatest elevation, as in a river.
- high tide.
Origin of high water
First recorded in 1545–55
- trousers short enough to expose the ankles, especially as worn by growing children whom they earlier fit.
Origin of high waters
An Americanism dating back to 1855–60
Also called flooders.
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- another name for high tide (def. 1)
- the state of any stretch of water at its highest level, as during a flood
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