high·​ball | \ ˈhī-ˌbȯl How to pronounce highball (audio) \

Definition of highball

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an iced drink containing liquor (such as whiskey) and water or a carbonated beverage (such as ginger ale) and served in a tall glass
2 : a railroad signal for a train to proceed at full speed


highballed; highballing; highballs

Definition of highball (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to go at full or high speed a highballing express train

Examples of highball in a Sentence

Verb trying to make up for lost time, the train just highballed through the station without stopping
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun For each drink, fill a highball glass with the crushed ice and set aside. M. Carrie Allan, Washington Post, 20 May 2022 In a tall highball glass, combine the lime slices and juice with the sugar and three mint leaves. Dahlia Ghabour, The Courier-Journal, 26 Apr. 2022 The drink is served in a highball glass and is a yellowish green color at the bottom. Tirion Morris, The Arizona Republic, 7 Apr. 2022 Fill a highball glass nearly to the top with rocks cracked from a solid ice block, or 1-inch ice cubes, or a frozen spear of ice. San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 Apr. 2022 Rub the rim of a highball glass with cut side of lime wedge, then dip rim into salt. Odette Williams, WSJ, 7 Mar. 2022 The three-ingredient version is a bright low-sugar sip; adding orange liqueur makes for something like a margarita in highball form. Washington Post, 27 July 2021 Other cocktail options include approachable classics like a highball made with Botanist Gin, lime and a touch of California absinthe and a sidecar made with cognac and Alessio Bianco Vermouth. Andi Berlin, The Arizona Republic, 24 Nov. 2021 Served as a highball, the boozy flavors aren't very condensed. Tirion Morris, The Arizona Republic, 14 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of highball


1894, in the meaning defined at sense 2


1911, in the meaning defined above

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

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