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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
    informal top-notch
    [Antonyms] low-ranking, lowly
  • 3 you should hold on to your high principles
    [Antonyms] amoral
  • 4 shop around to avoid high prices
    British  over the odds
    informal steep, 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
    informal tip-top, A1, top-notch
    [Antonyms] poor, deplorable
  • 6 it was freezing cold with high winds
    strong, powerful, violent, intense, extreme, forceful, sharp, stiff;
    rare boisterous
    [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
    informal fancy, 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
    rare panegyrical, 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
    informal on 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 informal blitzed, ripped
    US informal jacked
    [Antonyms] sober
  • 11 the partridges were pretty high
    British informal pongy, niffy, whiffy
    North American informal funky
    literary noisome, 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
    informal stuck-up, snooty, snotty, hoity-toity, la-di-da, uppity, uppish, too big for one's boots
    British informal posh, 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
    informal blissed out, over the moon, on top of the world
    North American informal wigged out
    Australian/New Zealand informal wrapped
    rare corybantic


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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 informal all over the shop
    North American informal all over the map

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