high-toned


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high-toned

(hī′tōnd′)
adj.
1. Intellectually, morally, or socially superior.
2. Fashionable or pretentious: a high-toned restaurant.

high-toned

adj
1. having a superior social, moral, or intellectual quality
2. affectedly superior
3. high in tone

high′-toned′

or high′-tone′,



adj.
1. having high principles; dignified.
2. having or aspiring to good taste, high standards, or refinement: a high-toned literary review.
3. affectedly stylish or genteel.
[1770–80]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.high-toned - pretentiously elegant; "a high-toned restaurant"
elegant - refined and tasteful in appearance or behavior or style; "elegant handwriting"; "an elegant dark suit"; "she was elegant to her fingertips"; "small churches with elegant white spires"; "an elegant mathematical solution--simple and precise and lucid"
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You see, boys, I dropped in there the other night, when some of you fellers was doin' the high-toned 'thankee, marm' business in the parlor.
He said, some of it, but the rest was out of pirate-books and robber-books, and every gang that was high-toned had it.
A policeman on duty had his attention drawn by larrikins to a man in prison dress who was stepping with considerable coolness into the steering-seat of a pretty high-toned Panhard; he was accompanied by a girl wrapped in a ragged shawl.
They will counterfeit a fly, or a high-toned bug, or the ruined Coliseum, within the cramped circle of a breastpin, and do it so deftly and so neatly that any man might think a master painted it.
In your quality of a high-toned sharper, you will not have to pay the taxes on mud, or the poor, or lanterns, to which the bourgeois of Paris are subject.
You've got to be swell and high-toned in the Land of Oz, whether you want to or not; so you may as well make up your mind to it.
I guess you're right," she said regretfully; "but we're helpless victims of high-toned royalty.
Rather stylish and high-toned for a stenographer, I'd say.
A pretty idea she must have of him, a girl that was too high-toned to have anything to do with a good-looking, gentlemanly fellow like Morrison.
She might have been left in the Priory to the end of time had not the high-toned governess threatened to send in her resignation.
With Hazel an' Hattie an' Saxon an' Possum, an' yours truly, an' this high-toned wagon, folks most likely take us for millionaires out on a lark.
I had come out of a crack Australian clipper, where I had been third officer, and he seemed to have a prejudice against crack clippers as aristocratic and high-toned.