Definition of high-strung in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈhī ˈˌstrəNG/


North American
Nervous and easily upset: a high-strung racing thoroughbred
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  • I do have to say, however, that Mrs. D. turned out to be an okay lady and inexplicably rather fond of me, but that woman was so high-strung I always wanted to ask her if she'd taken her pills that day.
  • I was always a bit high-strung and a bit neurotic.
  • How can one be so mellow and the other so high-strung?
nervous, excitable, agitated, temperamental, sensitive, unstable;
informal worked up, uptight, twitchy, wired, wound up, het up, strung out
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