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

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Examples of highball in a Sentence


trying to make up for lost time, the train just highballed through the station without stopping

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Drinks are clever and a little indulgent, like desserts in a highball. Condé Nast Traveler, "21 Best Bars in Sydney," 27 Feb. 2018 Bar Goto Come here—a minimalist shelter from the storm of Lower East Side partiers—for okonomiyaki, sleek Japanese design, and excellent highballs. Alex Van Buren, Condé Nast Traveler, "21 Best Bars in New York City," 1 Mar. 2018 Pour into a highball full of ice cubes. Garnish with a grapefruit twist over the top of the drink. Talia Abbas, SELF, "How to Throw a Laid-Back Holiday Party at Home, from the Team at A Summer Day Cafe," 6 Dec. 2018 Ideal Cocktail Bar Ideal, which has been around since 1931, is all about the classics: a dry Martini, a Horse’s Neck highball, a big dram of whisky to close out the night. Naren Young, Condé Nast Traveler, "19 Best Bars in Barcelona," 3 Mar. 2018 Deregulate Your Cocktails Light and effervescent, highballs are stupidly easy to make at home: Pour whiskey over ice, top with soda, and drink. Marian Bull, GQ, "—Peter Meehan, Author Of An Upcoming Barbecue Book And Former Editor Of," 27 June 2018 The recipe is straightforward: Fill a highball glass to the brim with ice. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "Why You Should Be Drinking Japanese Whiskey Now," 15 Nov. 2018 At Marina ManLand near the Los Angeles airport, plastic surgeon Grant Stevens advertises his sports bar-like practice with an image of a man on a leather couch, having a highball and smoking a cigar. Emma Ockerman, chicagotribune.com, "Wanted: Men unafraid of needles for Botox push," 22 June 2018 House Cocktail Recipe: 1 tsp fresh lemon Juice 4 oz Kentucky Ale-8-One (if unavailable, substitute your favorite ginger ale) 8 dashes Angostura bitters Directions: Build all of the ingredients except for soda in a highball glass with ice. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "The Historic Maker’s Mark Distillery is (Finally) Allowed to Serve Cocktails," 26 Apr. 2017

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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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The first known use of highball was in 1894

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English Language Learners Definition of highball

US, somewhat old-fashioned : a drink of alcoholic liquor mixed with water or another liquid and served in a tall glass

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