1A tall hat, especially a top hat.
- They are often pictured as weird-looking skinny characters wearing high hats.
- The elaborate dress of the gentleman - walking stick, coat, high hat - clearly identified him and allowed for a form of class-based ridicule, rather than a gender-based attack on masculinity.
- He rented the high-hat and morning-suit finery at Moss Brothers and made the Ascot races on one of the days of high fashion.
adjective(high-hat) North American informal
verb(high-hat) (high-hats, high-hatting, high-hatted) [with object] North American informal
Act in a snobbish or supercilious manner toward (someone).
- ‘If you talk like that,’ he was told, ‘they will think you are high-hatting them.’
- A male servant answered in a clipped East Prussian-accented German that annoyed Metz. Where did this flunky get off trying to high-hat people with that accent?
- Nevertheless the Glasgow waitress is most attentive and friendly. But heaven help the customer who attempts to high-hat her.
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