One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A tall hat, especially a top hat.
- ‘The elaborate dress of the gentleman - walking stick, coat, high hat - clearly identified him and allowed for a form of class-based ridicule, rather than a gender-based attack on masculinity.’
- ‘He rented the high-hat and morning-suit finery at Moss Brothers and made the Ascot races on one of the days of high fashion.’
- ‘They are often pictured as weird-looking skinny characters wearing high hats.’
- 1.1North American informal A snobbish or supercilious person.
2variant form of hi-hat
3A silvery marine fish with longitudinal brown stripes and a long upright dorsal fin, found in shallow rocky waters of the Caribbean.
Equetus acuminatus, family Sciaenidae
Snobbish.‘people say you're getting very high-hat since you lived on Riverside Drive’
arrogant, proud, haughty, conceited, lofty, aloof, disdainful, superior, self-important, supercilious, exclusiveView synonyms
- ‘Forgive me if I sound high-hat - I don't think you can possibly understand it.’
with object Act in a snobbish or supercilious manner towards (someone)‘now that she had the ear of great men, Pamela high-hatted the old crowd’
- ‘A male servant answered in a clipped East Prussian-accented German that annoyed Metz. Where did this flunky get off trying to high-hat people with that accent?’
- ‘Nevertheless the Glasgow waitress is most attentive and friendly. But heaven help the customer who attempts to high-hat her.’
- ‘‘If you talk like that,’ he was told, ‘they will think you are high-hatting them.’’
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