\ˈtȯl \

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 \ adjective
tallness \ˈtȯl-​nəs \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for tall


altitudinous, high, lofty, towering


low, low-lying, short, squat

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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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While speaking at the 2018 Vulture Festival in Los Angeles on Saturday, November 17, Lana revealed that the producers didn’t realize how tall Noah was until after they’d been cast in their respective roles. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Lana Condor on Auditioning for "To All the Boys I've Loved Before" With Noah Centineo," 18 Nov. 2018 Farther east, and in particular around the City and Canary Wharf, London’s key financial district, taller buildings are more commonplace. Ruth Bloomfield, WSJ, "In Brexit Britain, London’s Empty New Penthouses Seek Owners," 15 Nov. 2018 Zeiger, who is tall and athletic, with rigid military posture, watched the other women from behind her Wayfarer-style sunglasses until Landolphi pulled her up from her seat. Jim Rendon, Marie Claire, "When Female Veterans Return Home," 29 Oct. 2018 Paola is tall and slender, with a soft, sweet voice and steely blue eyes. Kyre Chenven, Condé Nast Traveler, "For Sardinia’s Wild Side, Head to Sulcis," 12 Oct. 2018 The most popular one was by French designer Jacquemus, which was six centimeters tall and ten wide. Tara Gonzalez, Glamour, "Fall's Newest Bag Trend? Carrying Everything You Own," 10 Oct. 2018 John Jacob Astor VI, whose father perished on the Titanic, was tall, handsome, wealthy, and crazily smitten with his childhood friend. Michael Henry Adams, Town & Country, "Inside the Auction of Eileen Slocum's Astounding Newport Mansion," 28 Sep. 2018 The quake damaged dozens of single-story houses and taller buildings and was felt in a wider area, including in Bali, where no damage or casualties were reported. Fox News, "At least 10 dead, 40 hurt as 6.4 quake hits Indonesia island," 28 July 2018 The sand is pristine and the cliffs are tall here, so soak up a little seclusion just 13 miles south of downtown Half Moon Bay. SFChronicle.com, "5 hidden beaches around Half Moon Bay," 12 July 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of tall

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

: having a specified height


\ˈtȯl \
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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