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(1)   Happy and excited and energetic
(2)   Slightly and pleasantly intoxicated from alcohol or a drug (especially marijuana)
(3)   (used of the smell of meat) smelling spoiled or tainted
(4)   (literal meaning) being at or having a relatively great or specific elevation or upward extension (sometimes used in combinations like `knee-high')
"A high mountain"
"High ceilings"
"High buildings"
"A high forehead"
"A high incline"
"A foot high"
(5)   Greater than normal in degree or intensity or amount
"A high temperature"
"A high price"
"The high point of his career"
"High risks"
"Has high hopes"
"The river is high"
"He has a high opinion of himself"
(6)   Used of sounds and voices; high in pitch or frequency
(7)   Standing above others in quality or position
"People in high places"
"The high priest"
"Eminent members of the community"


(8)   At a great altitude
"He climbed high on the ladder"
(9)   Far up toward the source
"He lives high up the river"
(10)   In or to a high position, amount, or degree
"Prices have gone up far too high"
(11)   In a rich manner
"He lives high"


(12)   A forward gear with a gear ratio that gives the greatest vehicle velocity for a given engine speed
(13)   A lofty level or position or degree
"Summer temperatures reached an all-time high"
(14)   A public secondary school usually including grades 9 through 12
"He goes to the neighborhood highschool"
(15)   A high place
"They stood on high and observed the countryside"
"He doesn't like heights"
(16)   A state of altered consciousness induced by alcohol or narcotics
"They took drugs to get a high on"
(17)   A state of sustained elation
"I'm on a permanent high these days"
(18)   An air mass of higher than normal pressure
"The east coast benefits from a Bermuda high"


From from from , a suffixed form of . Cognates include Dutch , German ; and also Lithuanian , Russian .


  1. Being elevated in position or status, a state of being above many things.
  2. Tall, lofty, at a great distance above the ground (at high altitude).
  3. To be under the influence of a mood affecting drug; stoned.
  4. Of a quantity or value, great or large.
    My bank charges me a high interest rate.
  5. Of greater frequency, or with more rapid wave oscillations.
    The note was too high for her to sing.


  1. In or to an elevated position.
    How high above land did you fly?
  2. In or at a great value.
    Costs have grown higher this year again.
  3. In a pitch of great frequency.
    I certainly can't sing that high.

Usage notes

  • The adverb high and the adverb highly shouldn't be mistaken.
    He hung the picture high on the wall.
    As a politician, he isn't esteemed too highly.


  1. A period of euphoria, from excitement or from an intake of drugs
    That pill gave me a high for a few hours, before I had a comedown