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 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.
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Recent Examples on the Web The Little Copter That Could NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter weighs less than 4 pounds, stands just 1.6 feet tall, and carries a payload of batteries, heaters and sensors that’s roughly the size of a tissue box. Los Angeles Times, "Today’s Headlines: How giant vacuums could help the climate," 20 Apr. 2021 Meant to be unmolded for maximum impact, the pie stands impossibly tall and doesn’t crumble, even when sliced. Rachel Wharton, New York Times, "The Secret to Smooth Doughs and Fluffy Bread Is Already at Hand," 16 Apr. 2021 The 17-foot copy stands as tall as the original, which is housed in Florence’s Galleria dell‘Accademia. Rebecca Ann Hughes, Forbes, "Michelangelo’s David Gets Ultra-Realistic 3D Printed Copy," 16 Apr. 2021 Now the massive mural — measuring 62 feet long and 22 feet tall — has been permanently installed in the auditorium at the North Torrey Pines Living & Learning Neighborhood, as part of UC San Diego’s Stuart Collection. David L. Coddon, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Arts & Culture Newsletter: Embracing choreographer Kyle Abraham’s contemplative ‘When We Fell’," 15 Apr. 2021 From musical numbers to musings on life and drag, Alaska's latest project proves that her legacy still stands tall across a wholly unique set that's king among a legion of RuPaul's fiercest queens. Ew Staff, EW.com, "What to Watch on Thursday: Younger gets ready to close the book with final season premiere," 15 Apr. 2021 The chair, which stands around 3 feet tall and weighs several hundred pounds, was created as a monument to Confederate President Jefferson Davis in 1893. Isis Davis-marks, Smithsonian Magazine, "Activist Group Threatens to Turn Stolen Confederate Monument Into Toilet Unless Demands Are Met," 8 Apr. 2021 Each bin is slightly more than 26 inches long and just under 6 inches tall. Ambar Pardilla, NBC News, "Best under bed storage 2021: Amazon, Target, Wayfair and more," 7 Apr. 2021 Some of their turns are self-explanatory: young Primrose (Anna Devlin) stands 10 feet tall, while the orphanage’s doctor, Horatio Cousens (Zackary Momoh) conveniently has healing powers. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, "‘The Nevers’ Can’t Muster Enough Magic to Erase Joss Whedon," 5 Apr. 2021

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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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9 May 2021

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“Tall.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tall. Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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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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