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

Examples of high-pitched in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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 Of average height and build, with frequently changing hair length and color, Braun’s trademark is his unusual voice — high-pitched with an emphasis on enunciation. Matt Donnelly, Variety, 3 May 2023 Source: British Library But the principle of echolocation — which bats use to emit ultrasound pulses that are too high-pitched for humans to hear — wasn’t discovered until 1940 by US biologist Donald Griffin. Katie Hunt, CNN, 26 Apr. 2023 Keep in Mind: The sound from the bells may sound a bit high-pitched. Kate McGregor, Better Homes & Gardens, 24 Mar. 2023 See More

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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 3 Oct. 2023.

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: having a high pitch
a high-pitched voice

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