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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This tall, blonde Mandy was quite the counterpoint to her formerly brunette, petite stature, and many had a difficult time accepting the change. Megan Stein, Country Living, "'Last Man Standing' Star Molly McCook Pens a Candid Letter About Her Time on the Show," 23 Mar. 2019 That’s why Rocket Lab developed the Electron, a rocket that stands at just over 55 feet tall, capable of putting between 330 and 500 pounds into orbit. Loren Grush, The Verge, "Small satellite launcher Rocket Lab is poised to send up its first batch of spacecraft for NASA," 12 Dec. 2018 The Shannara Chronicles and Glee stars both have that tall, blonde, and handsome thing going on. Noelle Devoe, Seventeen, "18 Celebrity Lookalikes You Have To See To Believe," 7 Aug. 2018 From here, keeping your core tight and posture tall, bend both knees to perform a reverse lunge. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "Work Your Entire Lower Body With This One Bodyweight Exercise," 21 Apr. 2019 When finished, the super-tall building in the middle of nowhere would be among the tallest in Western Europe, reaching higher than both the British Shard (1,016 feet) and the German Commerzbank Tower (850 feet). David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Giant Skyscraper in Rural Denmark Will Be Seen For Miles," 2 Apr. 2019 Gradually, it's revealed that Joe murdered the person with whom Candace was cheating—a record executive who was helping her launch her career—by pushing him off a tall building in a fit of rage. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "What Really Happened to Joe's Ex-Girlfriend Candace on You & Is She Coming Back for Season 2?," 19 Jan. 2019 Being 3¾ inches tall and not the usual 12 inches like the original Joes, the figures were cheaper to produce and provided Hasbro with a direct competitor to a new line of wildly successful Star Wars figures. Maude Campbell, Popular Mechanics, "Yo, Joe: How a 12-Inch Soldier Doll Became a Toy Legend," 9 Apr. 2019 In 2016 the brand also unveiled three new body types—petite, tall, and curvy. Mattie Kahn, Glamour, "There’s Something About Barbie," 7 Mar. 2019

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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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