Definition of high-strung adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˌhaɪ ˈstrʌŋ//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌhaɪ ˈstrʌŋ//
(North American English) (British English highly strung)
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(of a person or an animal) nervous and easily upset Synonymsnervousneurotic on edge jitteryThese words all describe people who are easily frightened or are behaving in a frightened way.nervous easily worried or frightened:She was of a nervous disposition. See also the entry for worried.neurotic not behaving in a reasonable, calm way, because you are worried about something:She became neurotic about keeping the house clean.on edge nervous or bad-tempered:She was always on edge before an interview.jittery (informal) anxious and nervous:All this talk of job losses was making him jittery.Patterns a nervous/​neurotic man/​woman/​girl to feel nervous/​on edge/​jittery a bit nervous/​on edge/​jittery
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