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

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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

Synonyms & Antonyms for tall

Synonyms

altitudinous, high, lofty, towering

Antonyms

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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Deep beneath the surface of Earth lies an entire landscape of mountains possibly rougher and taller than any on the surface. Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "Seismologists Discover Mountain Ranges 410 Miles Below Earth’s Surface," 19 Feb. 2019 The city welcomed a Four Seasons Hotel in 2018 and will be home to Exchange 106 this year in its financial district, the tallest building in Southeast Asia. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "The 19 Best Places to Travel in 2019," 10 Jan. 2019 That was Marc Benioff, who’s like 400 feet taller than me. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Full Q&A: NBC journalists Chuck Todd, Andrea Mitchell and Hallie Jackson on Recode Decode," 5 Dec. 2018 Not much else is known about the Moto G7 Power, except that the phone dimensions will be slightly wider and taller than the other devices in the G7 lineup to accommodate for the larger battery. Dami Lee, The Verge, "Motorola’s putting a huge battery in a new Moto G7 Power variant," 29 Nov. 2018 Even seemingly towering goalkeepers stand no taller than your typical NBA point guard. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "Why the world's biggest countries fail with the World Cup," 8 July 2018 D’ashon sat by her side, strapped into a medical scooter affixed with a large oxygen tank, almost taller than D’ashon. Allie Morris, San Antonio Express-News, "Lawmakers question state leaders, company executives over reported failures in Medicaid managed care program," 27 June 2018 The tallest is 313 feet, eight feet taller than the Statue of Liberty, Hodder said. Peter Fimrite, SFChronicle.com, "Family’s legendary grove of old-growth redwoods preserved," 26 June 2018 The 2,500-foot north face of the Main Tower is taller than Yosemite’s Half Dome. Matt Skenazy, Outside Online, "The Last Days of Marc-André Leclerc," 19 June 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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tall

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of tall

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

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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