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high-toned

[hahy-tohnd] /ˈhaɪˈtoʊnd/
adjective
1.
having high principles; dignified.
2.
having or aspiring to good taste, high standards, or refinement:
He writes for a high-toned literary review.
3.
affectedly stylish or genteel.
Also, high-tone.
Origin
1770-1780
1770-80
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  • As it is, it has a sort of high-toned perfunctoriness to it.
  • No, when you come down to it, they are props in a piece of high-toned silliness.
  • Likewise, the formality of a dark blue suit and tie is countered by the high-toned background.
British Dictionary definitions for high-toned

high-toned

adjective
1.
having a superior social, moral, or intellectual quality
2.
affectedly superior
3.
high in tone
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Word Origin and History for high-toned
adj.

1779 of musical pitch, 1807 of morality, from high (adj.) + tone.

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Slang definitions & phrases for high-toned

high-toned

adjective

Very refined and genteel; aloof and superior; tony: Look at the high-tony bum

[1888+; the term had meant ''excellent, superior'' by 1855]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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