sky-high

1 of 2

adverb

1
a
: high into the air
b
: to a high or exorbitant level or degree
lifted my spirit sky-highElmer Morriss
2
: in an enthusiastic manner
3
: to bits : apart
blown sky-high

sky-high

2 of 2

adjective

1
: excessively expensive : exorbitant
2
: extremely or excessively high
her blood pressure was sky-high

Examples of sky-high in a Sentence

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Adverb
His surname confers instant recognition — and sky-high expectations. George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 Feb. 2024 Economists say his previous push to keep interest rates low despite sky-high inflation helped trigger a currency crisis and drove up the cost of living, leaving households struggling to afford basic goods. Ayse Wieting, Quartz, 8 Feb. 2024 Sellers are still seeking the sky-high prices of 2021, the people said. Luisa Beltran, Fortune, 6 Feb. 2024 Miley Cyrus paid homage to her godmother Dolly Parton with a sky-high bouffant; her armor-like, chainmail Margiela gown was just as good. Christian Allaire, Vogue, 5 Feb. 2024 Public insurers, like Medicaid, are more likely to be strained by the sky-high price tags. Megan Molteni, STAT, 5 Feb. 2024 Dig into sizzling street food; meander back alleys and bustling thoroughfares in search of small markets, shops, and hidden temples; cruise along the Chao Phraya River, and grab a cocktail at the dozens of sky-high rooftop bars. Meagan Drillinger, Travel + Leisure, 4 Feb. 2024 The state’s personal bankruptcy rate is well below the national average and a fraction of those in states, mostly in the South, with sky-high rates. Dan Walters, The Mercury News, 2 Feb. 2024 Luxury treehouses aren’t exactly a new concept, but that hasn’t stopped the Chatwal Lodge from branching out into sky-high accommodation. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 31 Jan. 2024
Adjective
His final Moschino collection, shown at Milan Fashion Week in February, was more subdued than past seasons, however, with models wearing skirt suits, knits, chunky gold jewelry and sky-high mohawks. Jacqui Palumbo, CNN, 20 Mar. 2023 The singer’s dress featured one very striking feature — a sky-high slit that extended to her upper thigh. Starr Bowenbank, Billboard, 20 Mar. 2023 The collapse of Silicon Valley Bank, the second-biggest bank failure in U.S. history, has thrust the financial system into distress, pulling attention away from a separate problem: sky-high inflation. Max Zahn, ABC News, 20 Mar. 2023 Love’s scrambling ability was impressive and his confidence was sky-high. Rob Reischel, Forbes, 17 Mar. 2023 Peter Cushing in Hound of the Baskervilles With his sky-high cheekbones and piercing stare, Peter Cushing looked every part the aloof British detective. Devan Coggan, EW.com, 17 Mar. 2023 But passenger volume has dropped since then, suggesting sky-high ticket prices to popular destinations may be deterring some potential travelers. Roland Li, San Francisco Chronicle, 16 Mar. 2023 Its sky-high tuition of $45,000 per year, around quadruple the in-state tuition for public universities like Indiana Bloomington and Purdue, has weakened its appeal to students concerned about graduating with massive amounts of debt. David Masciotra, The New Republic, 15 Mar. 2023 Box office expectations are sky-high, especially since the film has secured a coveted China release. Brendan Morrow, The Week, 14 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

Adverb

1818, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adjective

1829, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of sky-high was in 1818

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Cite this Entry

“Sky-high.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sky-high. Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

sky-high

1 of 2 adverb
-ˈhī
1
a
: high into the air
b
: to a high level or degree
2
: in an enthusiastic manner
3
: to bits : apart

sky-high

2 of 2 adjective
: extremely expensive
prices are sky-high
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