high-toned high-toned

Definition(s):

  • (adj) pretentiously elegant

Usage(s):

  1. A Victorian monster of iron and glass, surrounded by gardens full of melancholy statuary, the Palace had been since 1854 London's high-toned version of Coney Island.
  2. Like so many ABC miniseries, from the high-toned Roots right down to the pulpy Pearl, Ike is the state of the art in slick TV production.
  3. It is getting respectable, if not high-toned.

News

  1. It’s stacking up as grrreat book battle

    Now it’s a fight. The scholars-vs.-bookworms battle over the future of the main branch of the New York Public Library has already raged for more than a year in high-toned op-eds and essays, and now it’s spilling over into the courts. A group of academics and preservationists...
    on July 5, 2013     Source: New York Post

  2. Battle for future of the New York Public Library hits the courts

    Now it’s a fight. The scholars-vs-bookworms battle over the future of the main branch of the New York Public Library has already raged for more than a year in high-toned op-eds and essays, and now it’s spilling over into the courts. A group of academics and preservationists has...
    on July 5, 2013     Source: New York Post

Quotes

  1. But Allen says he'd prefer attaching his name to "very elegant, high-toned, prestigious products" rather than American Apparel - whose ads, he said, have a "sleazy quality to them."
    on Apr 15, 2009 By: Woody Allen Source: New York Daily News

  2. "He hasn't had to use his voice [because Florida uses silent counts] and he has this high-toned voice that I don't think you can have here with 80,000 people," Friedgen said. "Today he got a little deeper with it."
    on Mar 27, 2007 By: Ralph Friedgen Source: Washington Post

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