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adjective \ˈtȯl\

Simple Definition of tall

  • : greater in height than the average person, building, etc.

  • : having a specified height

Full Definition of tall

  1. 1 obsolete :  brave, courageous

  2. 2a :  high in statureb :  of a specified height <five feet tall>

  3. 3a :  of considerable height <tall trees>b :  long from bottom to top <a tall book>c :  of a higher growing variety or species of plant

  4. 4a :  large or formidable in amount, extent, or degree <a tall order to fill>b :  pompous, high-flown <tall talk about the vast mysteries of life — W. A. White>c :  highly exaggerated :  incredible, improbable <a tall story>

tall adverb
tall·ish play \ˈtȯ-lish\ adjective
tall·ness play \ˈtȯl-nəs\ noun

Examples of tall

  1. All the children in my family grew up to be very tall.

  2. My mother is short but my father is fairly tall.

  3. The giraffe is the tallest animal.

  4. The drinks were served in tall glasses.

  5. She is five feet tall.

Origin of tall

Middle English tal, probably from Old English getæl quick, ready; akin to Old High German gizal quick

First Known Use: 15th century

Synonym Discussion of tall

high, tall, lofty mean above the average in height. high implies marked extension upward and is applied chiefly to things which rise from a base or foundation or are placed at a conspicuous height above a lower level <a high hill> <a high ceiling>. tall applies to what grows or rises high by comparison with others of its kind and usually implies relative narrowness <a tall thin man>. lofty suggests great or imposing altitude <lofty mountain peaks>.

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