adjective (1)
\ ˈpi-chē How to pronounce pitchy (audio) \

Definition of pitchy

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : full of pitch : tarry pitchy wood/lumber
b : of, relating to, or having the qualities of pitch a pitchy substance/residue
2 : pitch-black They were left in the pitchy darkness of a windy winter's night.— Rudyard Kipling


adjective (2)

Definition of pitchy (Entry 2 of 2)

1 of a musical tone : slightly off pitch : slightly too high or too low "I've been told I've been too critical. But on a lot of these shows, some 17-year-old kid is told, 'You're amazing', and no, what you are is potentially amazing. But you're pitchy. You hit some bum notes. … "— Boy George
2 of a sound : unpleasantly high or piercing : shrill According to Psychology Today, nasal, pitchy voices are often caused by an obstructed airflow in the throat or nasal patches that causes an imbalance in sound vibrations during speech.— Maya Rhodan

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Examples of pitchy in a Sentence

Adjective (1) we stood staring into the pitchy dark forest, trying to determine what had made the strange cry the trigger-happy soldiers couldn't see a thing in the pitchy darkness
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Mindy fears performing after her viral, pitchy moment, but theatre fans know that Park would never shy away from the stage. Ariana Brockington, refinery29.com, "You Can Thank Gretchen Weiners For Mindy’s Big Emily In Paris Twist," 4 Oct. 2020 Hammock hasn’t shown off any tricks all season, sometimes slipping into pitchy territory. Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya, Billboard, "'The Voice' Recap: Semifinalists Compete With Solos and 1980s Duets," 9 Dec. 2019 The pitchy rendition kicked off a night dedicated to celebrating the team ahead of the upcoming NBA season. BostonGlobe.com, "stole the show Thursday night at the annual Shamrock Foundation Tip-Off Gala.," 19 Oct. 2019 At times the vocals felt a bit pitchy for both Cruz and Umoh, but the emotional portrayal Cruz gives to Eliza's character after tragedy repeatedly befalls her family in Act II redeems any misgivings about her vocal prowess from Act I. Kathryn Gregory, The Courier-Journal, "It's not a show, it's a movement. 'Hamilton' wows at Kentucky Center," 6 June 2019 Although the program got off to a pitchy start, things eventually seemed to smooth out. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "CMA Awards Viewers Noticed a Big Problem with the Show This Year," 15 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of pitchy

Adjective (1)

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adjective (2)

1997, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for pitchy

Adjective (1)

pitch entry 1 + -y entry 1

Adjective (2)

pitch entry 4 + -y entry 1

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“Pitchy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pitchy. Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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