He was tall with a high hat, a fine moustache and a tailcoat; he had melancholy eyes and a languid air.
He shed his high hat and with it all lingering essences of his dignity.
Even in the extreme heat Monkey Brand wore a high hat and a long buttoned-up frock-coat and varnished boots.
There is also a hat to go with the evening costume—a high hat, which crushes in.
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.
Can you imagine yourself wearing a black coat and high hat with the thermometer jogging about from 70º to 110º in the shade?
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.
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.
(also high-hatty): his high-hat posturings/ high-hatty pretentions (1925+)
: How come you're high-hatting me, old buddy? (1925+)