high-pitched

adjective

1
: having a high pitch
a high-pitched voice
2
: marked by or exhibiting strong feeling : agitated
a high-pitched, almost frantic campaignGeoffrey Rice

Examples of high-pitched in a Sentence

the high-pitched sound of a siren
Recent Examples on the Web The delivery is a bit nasal, sometimes high-pitched, and even, without meaning to perhaps, flat-out comical. Marco Della Cava, USA TODAY, 22 June 2024 For example, a loud and high-pitched trumpet might mean an elephant is in pain. Hazra Khatoon, Discover Magazine, 9 Feb. 2024 But in a shocking and — given the camera cuts and surprised looks of hosts Craig Melvin, Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb — seemingly unplanned moment, the high-pitched, 3 1/2-year-old Muppet’s segment was interrupted by David, who had apparently had enough of Elmo’s disquisition. Kevin Dolak, The Hollywood Reporter, 2 Feb. 2024 Depending on the keyboard and its modifications, their sound can range from high-pitched and hollow to deep and full. Henri Robbins, WIRED, 25 Jan. 2024 Coyote howls are high-pitched and often preceded and interspersed with yips, cackles, and yodels. Paul Richards, Field & Stream, 14 Sep. 2023 Rat laughter is too high-pitched for human ears to hear, so the scientists also rigged up an ultrasonic microphone to record any sounds the animals made. Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 31 July 2023 My Barbie voice during playtime is high-pitched and subpar, and my patience for locating the teeny-tiny accessories — a VIP ticket the size of a tick; rogue sneakers and little pet turtles; a minuscule chalk bag for Sport Climbing Barbie — when my daughter loses them is waning. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 13 July 2023 Merlin’s bark is high-pitched and loud, like a smoke alarm. John Kelly, Washington Post, 4 June 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1597, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of high-pitched was in 1597

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“High-pitched.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/high-pitched. Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

high-pitched

adjective
ˈhī-ˈpicht
: having a high pitch
a high-pitched voice

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