having a great or considerable extent or reach upward or vertically; lofty; tall: a high wall.
having a specified extent upward: The apple tree is now 20 feet high.
situated above the ground or some base; elevated: a high platform; a high ledge.
exceeding the common degree or measure; strong; intense: high speed; high color.
expensive; costly; dear: The price of food these days is much too high.
exalted in rank, station, eminence, etc.; of exalted character or quality: a high official; high society.
  1. acute in pitch.
  2. a little sharp, or above the desired pitch.
produced by relatively rapid vibrations; shrill: the high sounds of crickets.
extending to or from an elevation: a high dive.
great in quantity, as number, degree, or force: a high temperature; high cholesterol.
  1. chief; principal; main: the high altar of a church.
  2. High Church.
of great consequence; important; grave; serious; the high consequences of such a deed; high treason.
haughty; arrogant: He took a high tone with his subordinates.
advanced to the utmost extent or to the culmination: high tide.
elevated; merry or hilarious: high spirits; a high old time.
rich; extravagant; luxurious: They have indulged in high living for years.
Informal. intoxicated with alcohol or narcotics: He was so high he couldn't stand up.
remote: high latitude; high antiquity.
extreme in opinion or doctrine, especially religious or political: a high Tory.
designating or pertaining to highland or inland regions.
having considerable energy or potential power.
Automotive. of, relating to, or operating at the gear transmission ratio at which the speed of the engine crankshaft and of the drive shaft most closely correspond: high gear.
Phonetics. (of a vowel) articulated with the upper surface of the tongue relatively close to some portion of the palate, as the vowels of eat and it, which are high front, and those of boot and put, which are high back.Compare close (def. 53), low1 (def. 30).
(of meat, especially game) tending toward a desirable or undesirable amount of decomposition; slightly tainted: He likes his venison high.
Metallurgy. containing a relatively large amount of a specified constituent (usually used in combination): high-carbon steel.
Baseball. (of a pitched ball) crossing the plate at a level above the batter's shoulders: The pitch was high and outside.
  1. having greater value than other denominations or suits.
  2. able to take a trick; being a winning card.
  3. being or having a winning combination: Whose hand is high?
Nautical. noting a wind of force 10 on the Beaufort scale, equal to a whole gale.


at or to a high point, place, or level.
in or to a high rank or estimate: He aims high in his political ambitions.
at or to a high amount or price.
luxuriously; richly; extravagantly: They have always lived high.
Nautical. as close to the wind as is possible while making headway with sails full.


Automotive. high gear: He shifted into high when the road became level.
a high or the highest point, place, or level; peak: a record high for unemployment.
  1. a euphoric state induced by alcohol, drugs, etc.
  2. a period of sustained excitement, exhilaration, or the like: After winning the lottery he was on a high for weeks.
Cards. the ace or highest trump out, especially in games of the all fours family.

Idioms for high

    fly high, to be full of hope or elation: His stories began to sell, and he was flying high.
    high and dry,
    1. (of a ship) grounded so as to be entirely above water at low tide.
    2. in a deprived or distressing situation; deserted; stranded: We missed the last bus and were left high and dry.
    high and low, in every possible place; everywhere: The missing jewelry was never found, though we searched high and low for it.
    high on, Informal. enthusiastic or optimistic about; having a favorable attitude toward or opinion of.
    on high,
    1. at or to a height; above.
    2. in heaven.
    3. having a high position, as one who makes important decisions: the powers on high.

Origin of high

First recorded before 900; Middle English heigh, variant of hegh, hey, heh, Old English hēah, hēh; cognate with Dutch hoog, Old High German hoh (German hoch ), Old Norse hār, Swedish hög, Gothic hauhs, Lithuanian kaũkas “swelling,” kaukarà “hill”

synonym study for high

1. High,lofty,tall,towering refer to something that has considerable height. High is a general term, and denotes either extension upward or position at a considerable height: six feet high; a high shelf.Lofty denotes imposing or even inspiring height: lofty crags.Tall is applied either to something that is high in proportion to its breadth, or to anything higher than the average of its kind: a tall tree, building.Towering is applied to something that rises to a great or conspicuous height as compared with something else: a towering mountain.




1. hi, hie, high2. higher , hire

Words nearby high

Higginson, higgle, higgledy-piggledy, higgler, Higgs boson, high, high altar, high and dry, high and low, high and mighty, High Arctic
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Words related to high

huge, great, tremendous, big, long, large, immense, soaring, steep, lofty, excessive, stiff, unusual, rich, sharp, strong, expensive, serious, significant, giant

Example sentences from the Web for high

  • Obsessive exercising and inadequate nutrition can, over time, put people at high risk for overuse injuries like stress fractures.

  • The most recent activity had a high point of 3.6 on the Richter Scale.

  • With all due respect to his athletic skill, Gronkowski is not high on the list of NFL players that elicit carnal thoughts.

  • The State Department found that with high oil prices, the tar sands would be mined for oil, pipeline or no.

British Dictionary definitions for high


being a relatively great distance from top to bottom; talla high building
situated at or extending to a relatively great distance above the ground or above sea levela high plateau
  1. (postpositive)being a specified distance from top to bottomthree feet high
  2. (in combination)a seven-foot-high wall
extending from an elevationa high dive
(in combination)coming up to a specified levelknee-high
being at its peak or point of culminationhigh noon
of greater than average heighta high collar
greater than normal in degree, intensity, or amounthigh prices; a high temperature; a high wind
of large or relatively large numerical valuehigh frequency; high voltage; high mileage
(of sound) acute in pitch; having a high frequency
(of latitudes) situated relatively far north or south from the equator
(of meat) slightly decomposed or tainted, regarded as enhancing the flavour of game
of great eminence; very importantthe high priestess
exalted in style or character; elevatedhigh drama
expressing or feeling contempt or arrogancehigh words
elated; cheerfulhigh spirits
(predicative)informaloverexcitedby the end of term the children are really high
informalbeing in a state of altered consciousness, characterized esp by euphoria and often induced by the use of alcohol, narcotics, etc
luxurious or extravaganthigh life
advanced in complexity or developmenthigh finance
(of a gear) providing a relatively great forward speed for a given engine speedCompare low 1 (def. 21)
phoneticsof, relating to, or denoting a vowel whose articulation is produced by raising the back of the tongue towards the soft palate or the blade towards the hard palate, such as for the ee in English see or oo in English moonCompare low 1 (def. 20)
(capital when part of name)formal and elaborate in styleHigh Mass
(usually capital)of or relating to the High Church
  1. having a relatively great value in a suit
  2. able to win a trick
high and drystranded; helpless; destitute
high and lowin all places; everywhere
high and mightyinformalarrogant
high as a kiteinformal
  1. very drunk
  2. overexcited
  3. euphoric from drugs
high opiniona favourable opinion


at or to a heighthe jumped high
nauticalclose to the wind with sails full


informala state of altered consciousness, often induced by alcohol, narcotics, etc
(capital)(esp in Oxford) the High Street
electronicsthe voltage level in a logic circuit corresponding to logical oneCompare low 1 (def. 30)
on high
  1. at a height
  2. in heaven

Word Origin for high

Old English hēah; related to Old Norse hār, Gothic hauhs, Old High German hōh high, Lithuanian kaũkas bump, Russian kúchča heap, Sanskrit kuča bosom
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Idioms and Phrases with high

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

also see:

  • 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)
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Definition of high

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a: rising or extending upward a great distance : taller than average, usual, or expected a high walla high fly ball
b: having a specified height or elevation : tallsix feet high—often used in combinationsky-highwaist-high
c: situated or passing above the normal level, surface, base of measurement, or elevation the high desert
2a(1): advanced toward the acme or culmination high summer
(2): advanced toward the most active or culminating period on the Riviera during high season
(3): constituting the late, most fully developed, or most creative stage or period high Gothic
(4): advanced in complexity, development, or elaboration the higher primates including humanshigher mathematics
b: verging on lateness —usually used in the phrase high timeIt's high time he won an award.
c: long past : remotehigh antiquity
4: relatively far from the equator high latitude
6: slightly tainted or spoiled high game meatalso: malodoroussmelled rather high
7: exalted or elevated in character : noblehigh purposes
8: of greater degree, amount, cost, value, or content than average, usual, or expected high priceshigh temperatureshigh blood pressuretraveling at a high rate of speedunemployment was high
9: of relatively great importance: such as
a: foremost in rank, dignity, or standing high officials
c: observed with the utmost solemnityhigh religious observances
e: intellectually or artistically of the first order or best quality high culture
f: marked by sublime, heroic, or stirring events or subject matter high tragedya tale of high adventure
11: stressing matters of doctrine and ceremonyspecifically: high church
12a: filled with or expressing great joy or excitement high spirits
b: intoxicated by or as if by a drug or alcohol high on cocaine
13: articulated or pronounced with some part of the tongue close to the palate a high vowel
high on
: enthusiastically in approval or support of party leaders high on a new candidate

Definition of high (Entry 2 of 3)

1: at or to a high place, altitude, level, or degree climbed higherpassions ran high
2: well, luxuriously—often used in the phrases high off the hog and high on the hog

Definition of high (Entry 3 of 3)

1: an elevated place or region: such as
b: the space overhead : sky—usually used with onbirds wheeling on high
c: heaven—usually used with onwisdom from on high
2: a region where the pressure of the atmosphere is greater than normal : a region of high barometric pressurea high moving out to the east

—called alsoanticyclone

3a: a point or level of greater amount, number, or degree than average or expected : a high point or level sales reached a new highmostly sunny with highs in the 80sthe highs and lows of her career
b: the transmission gear of a vehicle (such as an automobile) giving the greatest speed of travel put it into high
4a: an excited, euphoric, or stupefied state produced by or as if by a drug produces a high that lasts several hourscoming down from the high of their wedding day
b: a state of elation or high spirits the high of victory
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