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high hat

noun
1.
2.
Slang. table tripod.
3.
a set of high-hat cymbals.
Origin of high hat
1885-1890
1885-90

high-hat

[hahy-hat] /ˈhaɪˈhæt/ Informal.
verb (used with object), high-hatted, high-hatting.
1.
to snub or treat condescendingly.
adjective
2.
snobbish; disdainful; haughty.
Origin
1915-20; v., adj. use of high hat
Related forms
high-hatter, noun
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Examples from the Web for high hat
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  • He was tall with a high hat, a fine moustache and a tailcoat; he had melancholy eyes and a languid air.

    Fortitude Hugh Walpole
  • There is also a hat to go with the evening costume—a high hat, which crushes in.

  • Even in the extreme heat Monkey Brand wore a high hat and a long buttoned-up frock-coat and varnished boots.

    Moth and Rust Mary Cholmondeley
  • He shed his high hat and with it all lingering essences of his dignity.

    Sundry Accounts Irvin S. Cobb
  • And I want to warn you of one thing—you are not to wear a high hat—it would only blow off and embarrass you.

  • The man in the high hat hardly tried to stand up against him.

    On the Stairs Henry B. Fuller
  • Can you imagine yourself wearing a black coat and high hat with the thermometer jogging about from 70º to 110º in the shade?

    Town Life in Australia R. E. N. (Richard) Twopeny
  • I went into the best parlour, where there was a piano—also a high hat in the corner!

  • He saw at last that this coat and his high hat alone were insufficient for civilisation.

  • But I want to get the high hat in, somehow, said Tootles doubtfully.

    The Woman Gives Owen Johnson
British Dictionary definitions for high hat

high hat

noun
1.
another name for top hat

high-hat

adjective
1.
(informal) snobbish and arrogant
verb (transitive) -hats, -hatting, -hatted
2.
(informal, mainly US & Canadian) to treat in a snobbish or offhand way
noun
3.
(informal) a snobbish person
4.
two facing brass cymbals triggered by means of a foot pedal
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Word Origin and History for high hat
n.

1889, "tall hat;" also used synechdochically for men who wear such hats; figurative meaning "swelled head" is from 1923. Drum set sense is from 1934.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for high hat

high-hat

adjective

(also high-hatty): his high-hat posturings/ high-hatty pretentions (1925+)

noun

  1. (also high-hatter) A person who behaves arrogantly and snobbishly; a putatively important person: a lot of lowbrows pretending to be intellectual high-hats (1925+)
  2. A set of two cymbals, the upper of which is crashed on the lower by operating a foot pedal; sock (1932+ Jazz musicians)

verb

: How come you're high-hatting me, old buddy? (1925+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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