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Synonyms of high in English:


  • 1 the top of a high mountain
    [Antonyms] short
  • 2 he is in a high position in the government
    high-ranking, high-level, leading, top, top-level, prominent, eminent, pre-eminent, foremost, senior, influential, distinguished, powerful, important, elevated, notable, principal, prime, premier, chief, main, upper, ruling, exalted, illustrious;
    North American ranking
    [Antonyms] low-ranking, lowly
  • 3 you should hold on to your high principles
    [Antonyms] amoral
  • 4 shop around to avoid high prices
    informalsteep, stiff, pricey, over the top, OTT, criminal
    [Antonyms] reasonable
  • 5 I have always insisted upon high standards
    excellent, outstanding, exemplary, exceptional, admirable, fine, great, good, very good, first-class, first-rate, superior, superlative, superb, commendable, laudable, praiseworthy, meritorious, blameless, faultless, flawless, impeccable, irreproachable, unimpeachable, perfect, unequalled, unparalleled
    informaltip-top, A1, top-notch
    [Antonyms] poor, deplorable
  • 6 it was freezing cold with high winds
    strong, powerful, violent, intense, extreme, forceful, sharp, stiff;
    [Antonyms] light, calm
  • 7 he lived the high life among the London glitterati
    luxurious, lavish, extravagant, rich, grand, sybaritic, hedonistic, opulent;
    prodigal, overindulgent, intemperate, immoderate;
    British upmarket;
    North American upscale
    informalfancy, classy, swanky
    [Antonyms] abstemious
  • 8 I have a high opinion of your talents
    favourable, good, positive, approving, admiring, complimentary, commendatory, appreciative, flattering, glowing, adulatory, approbatory, rapturous, full of praise
    rarepanegyrical, acclamatory, laudative, encomiastical
    [Antonyms] unfavourable
  • 9 the voices rose to hit a high note
    [Antonyms] low-pitched, deep
  • 10 informal some of them were already high on alcohol and Ecstasy
    intoxicated, inebriated, on drugs, drugged, stupefied, befuddled, delirious, hallucinating
    informalon a high, stoned, turned on, on a trip, tripping, hyped up, freaked out, spaced out, zonked, wasted, wrecked, high as a kite, off one's head, out of one's mind, flying, charged up
    North American informalblitzed, ripped
    US informaljacked
    [Antonyms] sober
  • 11 the partridges were pretty high
    British informalpongy, niffy, whiffy
    North American informalfunky
    literarynoisome, miasmic
    [Antonyms] fresh, aromatic
  • Phrases

    high and dry

    your family would be left high and dry by the death of the breadwinner
    [Antonyms] well provided for
    destitute, bereft, helpless, without help, without assistance, without resources, in the lurch, in difficulties, forsaken, abandoned, stranded, marooned

    high and mighty

    informal her family were high and mighty and gave themselves airs
    [Antonyms] unassuming, modest
    informalstuck-up, snooty, snotty, hoity-toity, la-di-da, uppity, uppish, too big for one's boots
    British informalposh, toffee-nosed

    in high dudgeon



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  • commodity prices were actually at a rare high
    [Antonyms] low
  • Phrases

    on a high

    informal he was on a high following his team's triumph
    [Antonyms] depressed
    ecstatic, euphoric, delirious, elated, thrilled, overjoyed, beside oneself, walking on air, on cloud nine/seven, in seventh heaven, jumping for joy, in transports of delight, carried away, transported, rapturous, in raptures, exultant, jubilant, in a frenzy of delight;
    excited, overexcited, hysterical, wild with excitement, frenzied
    informalblissed out, over the moon, on top of the world
    North American informalwigged out
    Australian/New Zealand informalwrapped


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  • a jet was flying high overhead
    at great height, high up, far up, way up, at altitude;
    in the air, in the sky, on high, aloft, overhead, above one's head, over one's head
    [Antonyms] low
  • Phrases

    high and low

    we searched for her high and low
    [Antonyms] in a cursory way
    everywhere, all over, all around, in all places, in every place, far and wide, far and near, {here, there, and everywhere}, extensively, exhaustively, thoroughly, widely, broadly, in every nook and cranny
    British informalall over the shop
    North American informalall over the map

    Word links

    acrophobia, hypsophobia fear of high places
    batophobia fear of high buildings

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