high-strung

adjective \ ˈhī-ˈstrəŋ \

Definition of high-strung

:having an extremely nervous or sensitive temperament

First Known Use of high-strung

1868


HIGH-STRUNG Defined for English Language Learners

high-strung

adjective

Definition of high-strung for English Language Learners

  • : very nervous or easily upset


HIGH-STRUNG Defined for Kids

high-strung

adjective \ ˈhī-ˈstrəŋ \

Definition of high-strung for Students

:very sensitive or nervous
  • a high-strung horse

Medical Dictionary

high-strung

adjective \ -ˈstrəŋ \

medical Definition of high-strung

:having an extremely nervous or sensitive temperament


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