high-hat

adjective
\ ˈhī-ˈhat How to pronounce high-hat (audio) \

Definition of high-hat

 (Entry 1 of 2)

high hat

noun

Definition of high hat (Entry 2 of 2)

2 or hi-hat \ ˈhī-​ˈhat How to pronounce high hat (audio) \ : a pair of cymbals operated by a foot pedal

Keep scrolling for more

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from high-hat

Adjective

high-hat transitive verb

Synonyms for high-hat

Synonyms: Adjective

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

Examples of high-hat in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun It’s one of those ABBA songs that fools you with its mirror ball synths, a classic disco rhythm on the high hat and lush harmonizing. Melissa Ruggieri, USA TODAY, 6 Nov. 2021 Indeed, at Thursday’s show in Charlotte, Jordan integrated Watts’ signature swing – and his unusual way of playing by not hitting the high hat and snare simultaneously – with his own muscular approach. Melissa Ruggieri, USA TODAY, 1 Oct. 2021 Deja stifled a yawn and cranked up her music; the warring bass and high hat thrummed in her chest and kept her mostly awake. Brittany N. Williams, NOLA.com, 26 Oct. 2020 The song -- a frenetic trap banger built from buzzy synths and high hat -- debuted at No. 1 on the Hot 100 on March 2, 2013, the same week Billboard started factoring YouTube streaming data into the chart's methodology. Katie Bain, Billboard, 21 Nov. 2019 Here comes one now, rattling catastrophically, like Max Roach whaling on the high hat. Alexandra Schwartz, The New Yorker, 18 Nov. 2019 The disco-pop track is about as close as Mitski has come to mainstream radio fare, with its bubbly beat, toe-tap-ready high hat and her sweet croon recalling another era. Raisa Bruner, Time, 29 June 2018 The bouncy instrumental, produced by Kato on the Track, features Wright showcasing a more staccato flow over a high hats and quick synths. Mackenzie Cummings-grady, Billboard, 6 June 2018 The mid driver is for the vocal-type stuff, and the tweeter gets the high hats, sibilance, all that. Alexander George, Popular Mechanics, 1 Dec. 2017 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'high-hat.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Keep scrolling for more

First Known Use of high-hat

Adjective

1924, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1885, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More About high-hat

Time Traveler for high-hat

Time Traveler

The first known use of high-hat was in 1885

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near high-hat

high-handed

high-hat

high hat

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for high-hat

Cite this Entry

“High-hat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/high-hat. Accessed 26 May. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Name That Color

  • a light greenish blue color
  • Name that color:
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!