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Old English hiehþu, Anglian hehþo "highest part or point, summit; the heavens, heaven," from root of heah "high" (see high) + -itha, Germanic abstract noun suffix. Cf. Old Norse hæð, Middle Dutch hoochte, Old High German hohida, Gothic hauhiþa "height." Meaning "distance from bottom to top" is from late 13c. Meaning "excellence, high degree of a quality" is late 14c. The modern pronunciation with -t emerged 13c., but wasn't established till 19c., and heighth is still colloquial.
The distance from the base of something to the top.
Stature, especially of the human body.
Excellent; unsurpassed; great, way rad: The gloves I got for Christmas are height
[mid-1980s+ Hip-hop; probably a shortening of the height of fashion]