\ 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

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Other Words from tall

tall adverb
tallish \ ˈtȯ-​lish How to pronounce tallish (audio) \ adjective
tallness \ ˈtȯl-​nəs How to pronounce tallness (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.
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Recent Examples on the Web These pointed varieties can grow up to 5 inches tall. Andrea Beck, Better Homes & Gardens, "These Stunning Succulents Look Almost Like Rain Drops," 22 May 2020 Police described the man as between 5 feet 11 inches and 6 feet tall, weighing between 240 and 270 pounds. Fox News, "Texas jogger says military background helped her fight off attacker before he fled in vehicle," 19 May 2020 The first suspect is described as a black male in his 40s or 50s, about 5 feet, 10 inches to 5 feet, 11 inches tall with a stocky build. Jay R. Jordan, Houston Chronicle, "Crew wanted for robbery inside east Houston brewery," 19 May 2020 The last to go, Kaspari said, would be Vitus, a snowy polar bear that stands twelve feet tall. Robin Wright, The New Yorker, "Some Zoos, and Some of Their Animals, May Not Survive the Pandemic," 18 May 2020 Other height proportions follow with the Y’s roof 7.2 inches taller than the Model 3. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "Tesla Model Y charges luxury SUV market with roomy SUV version of its Model 3 (review)," 16 May 2020 The children’s size are about 5-3/4 inches wide by 3-1/8 inches high while adult masks are typically 7.5 inches long and 3.5 inches tall. oregonlive, "Finding a face mask to fit a child: Disney-theme masks go to daycare," 15 May 2020 The standard design is 1/8 of an inch thick to provide a non-intrusive barrier from others and comes in a variety of sizes starting at just 16 inches wide by 16 inches tall. Braelyn Wood, Health.com, "Sneeze Guards Are Trending Right Now—Here’s Where to Buy Your Own," 13 May 2020 Deputies say Charles has brown hair and hazel eyes, 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs approximately 140 pounds. Madeline Mitchell, Cincinnati.com, "Sheriff's office: Anderson Township teenager missing since Tuesday morning," 1 May 2020

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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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28 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Tall.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tall. Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of tall

: greater in height than the average person, building, etc.
: having a specified height
\ 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



Kids Definition of tall (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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