Main definitions of pitchy in English

: pitchy1pitchy2

pitchy1

Pronunciation /ˈpiCHē/ /ˈpɪtʃi/

adjectivepitchier, pitchiest

  • Like or as dark as pitch.

    ‘Crystals are probably at least partially metamict and can be recognized by their high specific gravity, pitchy luster, and black color.’
    • ‘More often than not they're long wooden buildings, creosoted to a pitchy blackness and with white-painted windows.’
    • ‘Drawing has been rudely incised and rubbed with pitchy graphite, which collects in the scars of the engraved surface.’
    • ‘The pitchy pigment's obscuring weight seems to bank rather than smother the glimmering coruscations.’
    • ‘Flint is best for hand sanding painted or pitchy surfaces which can clog the paper.’
    black, dark, pitch dark, black as pitch

Origin

Late Middle English from pitch.

Main definitions of pitchy in English

: pitchy1pitchy2

pitchy2

Pronunciation /ˈpiCHē/ /ˈpɪtʃi/

adjectivepitchier, pitchiest

informal
  • Off-pitch; out of tune.

    • ‘pitchy vocals’
    • ‘First half of it was definitely really pitchy for you.’
    • ‘His voice screamed inside of her head louder and more pitchy than before.’
    • ‘I always found her to be nasally and pitchy, but I'm not a big fan of the country twang to begin with.’
    • ‘She described at least 7 out of 10 performances as 'pitchy', but I'm not sure anyone knows what that really means.’
    • ‘He was a little pitchy in some spots, but not bad.’
    • ‘She was pitchy, off key in several places and missed words.’
    • ‘Randy said you were pitchy.’
    • ‘Saucier and far less serious than last year's winner Kelly Clarkson's debut album, this disc offers all the over-the-top cheesiness of the TV show without the pitchy vocals (thank God for auto tune).’
    • ‘All of this is incredibly frustrating since the casting was quite good, the idea was solid as mahogany and every once in a while, they found their key and were not, as Randy Jackson might say, pitchy in the least.’
    • ‘It's kinda pitchy and all over the shop.’
    • ‘Chris was pitchy from note one.’
    • ‘The contestants are urged not to be ‘pitchy’, and are congratulated for their high notes and telegenic appeal.’
    • ‘"With You Gone" contains the pitchiest vocals this side of the "American Idol" semifinals.’
    • ‘In the words of Randy Jackson, the beginning was pretty "pitchy."’

Origin

From pitch.