adjective, high·er, high·est.
- acute in pitch.
- a little sharp, or above the desired pitch.
- chief; principal; main: the high altar of a church.
- High Church.
- having greater value than other denominations or suits.
- able to take a trick; being a winning card.
- being or having a winning combination: Whose hand is high?
adverb, high·er, high·est.
- a euphoric state induced by alcohol, drugs, etc.
- a period of sustained excitement, exhilaration, or the like: After winning the lottery he was on a high for weeks.
- (of a ship) grounded so as to be entirely above water at low tide.
- in a deprived or distressing situation; deserted; stranded: We missed the last bus and were left high and dry.
- at or to a height; above.
- in heaven.
- having a high position, as one who makes important decisions: the powers on high.
Origin of high
Examples from the Web for higher
Models in Israel will have to maintain a BMI of 18.5 or higher if they want to stay employed.
Disordered eating is also linked to higher rates of depression and anxiety, both in the present and in the future.
Higher courts, including the Supreme Court had refused to intercede, and the stay was to expire tonight.The Back Alley, Low Blow-Ridden Fight to Stop Gay Marriage in Florida Is Finally Over|Jay Michaelson|January 5, 2015|DAILY BEAST
But with the pipeline, transportation costs drop and production would be higher.
The higher your score, the more likely it is that you can lip-sync along to the “Checkers” Speech.
But now the boiler proved to be too small to furnish steam steadily in sufficient quantity to sustain the higher speed.A History of the Growth of the Steam-Engine|Robert H. Thurston
Allegiance was well enough; but there was a higher allegiance suddenly discovered which superseded all earthly considerations.Short Studies on Great Subjects|James Anthony Froude
A higher place is taken in his work by the longest poem he sends his brother in the same metre, Fancy.Life of John Keats|Sidney Colvin
We must feel that the elegy is lifted to a higher plane by the new turn that the thought of its author takes at this place.Expositor's Bible: The Song of Solomon|Walter Adeney
I submit that, from Mill's point of view, these are all valid reasons why they should not choose the higher life.
British Dictionary definitions for higher (1 of 2)
noun (usually capital) (in Scotland)
- the advanced level of the Scottish Certificate of Education
- (as modifier)Higher Latin
British Dictionary definitions for higher (2 of 2)
- (postpositive) being a specified distance from top to bottomthree feet high
- (in combination)a seven-foot-high wall
- having a relatively great value in a suit
- able to win a trick
- very drunk
- euphoric from drugs
Word Origin for high
Word Origin and History for higher (1 of 4)
comparative of high (adj.), Old English. Higher education is attested by 1839.
The French distinguish l'instruction secondaire, which includes what we term a liberal education, from l'instruction supérieure, which denotes professional education; but I do not think the corresponding English phrases are used with this distinction. [William Whewell, "Of a Liberal Education in General," 1850]
Higher-up (n.) "one in a superior post" is from 1905, American English.
Word Origin and History for higher (1 of 4)
Old English heh (Anglian), heah (West Saxon) "of great height, lofty, tall, exalted, high-class," from Proto-Germanic *haukhaz (cf. Old Saxon hoh, Old Norse har, Danish høi, Swedish hög, Old Frisian hach, Dutch hoog, Old High German hoh, German hoch, Gothic hauhs "high;" also German Hügel "hill," Old Norse haugr "mound"), perhaps related to Lithuanian kaukara "hill." Spelling with -gh represents a final guttural sound in the original word, lost since 14c.
Of sound pitch, late 14c. Of roads, "most frequented or important," c.1200. Meaning "euphoric or exhilarated from alcohol" is first attested 1620s, of drugs, 1932. Sense of "proud, haughty, arrogant, supercilious" (c.1200) is reflected in high hand (late 14c.) and high horse. High seas first attested late 14c., with sense (also found in the Latin cognate) of "deep" as well as "tall" (cf. Old English heahflod "deep water," also Old Persian baršan "height, depth"). Of an evil or a punishment, "grave, serious, severe" (e.g. high treason), c.1200 (Old English had heahsynn "deadly sin, crime").
High pressure (adj.) is from 1824, of engines, 1891, of weather systems, 1933, of sales pitches. A child's high chair is from 1848. High school "school for advanced studies" attested from late 15c. in Scotland; by 1824 in U.S. High time "fully time, the fullness of time," is from late 14c. High noon is from early 14c.; the sense is "full, total, complete." High and mighty is c.1200 (heh i mahhte). High finance (1905) is that concerned with large sums. High and dry of beached things (especially ships) is from 1783. High-water mark is what is left by a flood or highest tide (1550s); figurative use by 1814.
Word Origin and History for higher (2 of 4)
early 14c., "high point, top," from high (adj.). As "area of high barometric pressure," from 1878. As "highest recorded temperature" from 1926. Meaning "state of euphoria" is from 1953.
Word Origin and History for higher (3 of 4)
"thought, understanding," obsolete from 13c. in English and also lost in Modern German, but once an important Germanic word, Old English hyge, cognate with Old Saxon hugi, Old High German hugi, Old Norse hygr, Swedish hög, Danish hu.
Idioms and Phrases with higher
In addition to the idioms beginning with high
- high and dry
- high and low
- high and mighty
- high as a kite
- high gear
- high hopes
- high horse
- high jinks
- high off the hog, eat
- high on
- high places, friends in
- high seas
- high sign
- high time
- blow sky-high
- fly high
- friend in court (high places)
- hell or high water
- hit the high spots (points)
- hold one's head high
- in high dudgeon
- knee-high to a grasshopper
- on high
- on one's high horse
- ride high
- run high
- stink to high heaven
- think a lot (highly) of
- turn on (get high)