An example of high is the altitude of an airplane in the sky.
An example of high is the location of a toddler who has climbed a six foot ladder.
An example of high is a person who is under the influence of a strong pain medication he took an hour ago.
A high latitude.
Was too high in the offensive zone to take a shot.
A person of high morals.
Saw a plane high in the sky; prices that had gone too high.
Made a fortune and lived high.
Summer temperatures reached an all-time high.
Epicures do not cook game before it is high.
The tailor liked his meat high.
A high wind; high passions.
High (i.e. intense) heat; high (i.e. full or quite) noon; high (i.e. rich or spicy) seasoning; high (i.e. complete) pleasure; high (i.e. deep or vivid) colour; high (i.e. extensive, thorough) scholarship.
Costs have grown higher this year again.
A high jump, a high dive.
Higher mathematics, the higher vertebrates.
A high priest.
High prices, high voltage, a high profile.
A high latitude.
- In a position of helplessness; stranded:.Went off and left me high and dry.
- Out of water. Used of a ship, for example.
- Here and there; everywhere:.Searched high and low for the keys.
- High in the sky.
- In heaven.
- In a position of authority.
- Out of the reach of the water.
- Alone and helpless; stranded.
- Arrogant; haughty.
- Enthusiastic about; very interested in or impressed by.
- Up in space; high above.
- (in) heaven.
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of high
- Middle English from Old English hēah
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English high, heigh, heih, from Old English hēah (“high, tall, lofty, high-class, exalted, sublime, illustrious, important, proud, haughty, deep, right”), from Proto-Germanic *hauhaz (“high”), from Proto-Indo-European *kewk- (“to bend, curve, arch, vault”), a suffixed form of *kew-. Cognate with Scots heich (“high”), Eastern Frisian hag (“high”), West Frisian heech (“high”), Dutch hoog (“high”), Low German hog (“high”), German hoch (“high”), Swedish hög (“high”), Icelandic hár (“high”), Lithuanian kaukas (“bump, boil, sore”), Russian куча (kúcha, “pile, heap, stack, lump”).
- From Middle English hiȝe, huȝe, huiȝe, huie, hige, from Old English hyġe (“thought, mind, heart, disposition, intention, courage, pride”), from Proto-Germanic *hugiz (“mind, sense”), of unknown origin. Cognate with North Frisian huwggje (“mind, sense”), Middle Low German höge, hoge (“thought, meaning, mood, happiness”), Middle High German hüge, huge, hoge (“mind, spirit, memory”), Danish hu (“mind”), Swedish håg (“mind, inclination”), Icelandic hugur (“mind”). Related to Hugh.
- See hie.