tall

adjective
\ ˈtȯl How to pronounce tall (audio) \

Definition of tall

1a : high in stature
b : of a specified height five feet tall
2a : of considerable height tall trees
b : long from bottom to top a tall book
c : of a higher growing variety or species of plant
3a : 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
4 obsolete : brave, courageous

Other Words from tall

tall adverb
tallish \ ˈtȯ-​lish How to pronounce tall (audio) \ adjective
tallness \ ˈtȯl-​nəs How to pronounce tall (audio) \ noun

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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

Examples of tall in a Sentence

All the children in my family grew up to be very tall. My mother is short but my father is fairly tall. The giraffe is the tallest animal. The drinks were served in tall glasses. She is five feet tall.
Recent Examples on the Web Its proportion is unusual, but calls to mind that of the Mercedes-Benz EQS, a vehicle that resides in a nether region that’s not as low as a car but not as tall as a true SUV. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 23 July 2022 But the challenge of constructing a building nearly as tall as the Empire State Building and sending it into space is daunting, which is a key reason the concept of artificial gravity has remained only an idea since the 1960s. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, 22 July 2022 Police have reportedly set traps for the monkey, which is said to stand between 15-20 inches tall, according to The Guardian. Tommy Mcardle, PEOPLE.com, 21 July 2022 Ten hurdles, each as tall as a standard doorknob, carefully arranged nine meters apart in Lane 3. oregonlive, 18 July 2022 These giants, which can grow as tall as a 26-story building, need very special conditions to thrive, according to the National Park Service. Forrest Brown And Marnie Hunter, CNN, 11 July 2022 Goliad, Texas, Von Dohlen grew too tall to realize a childhood dream of becoming a jockey. Etan Vlessing, The Hollywood Reporter, 8 July 2022 Outside the small Texas town of Elsa, a sheet metal fence too tall to see over surrounds a few acres of prime Rio Grande Valley land. Jeremy Lindenfeld, San Antonio Express-News, 7 July 2022 Outside the small Texas town of Elsa, a sheet metal fence too tall to see over surrounds a few acres of prime Rio Grande Valley land. Jeremy Lindenfeld, Chron, 6 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of tall

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 4

History and Etymology for tall

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

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The first known use of tall was in the 15th century

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“Tall.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tall. Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for tall

tall

adjective
\ ˈtȯl How to pronounce tall (audio) \
taller; tallest

Kids Definition of tall

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : having unusually great height
2 : of a stated height ten feet tall
3 : made up a tall tale

Other Words from tall

tallness noun

tall

adverb

Kids Definition of tall (Entry 2 of 2)

: so as to be or look tall Stand tall and straight.

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