\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

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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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Behind him, two Team Penske employees rolled the Borg-Warner — over 5 feet tall, 110 pounds and silver — toward the park fountains for a photo shoot. Chapel Fowler, charlotteobserver, "In 2008, Will Power didn’t have a ride. He’s now the first N.C.-based Indy 500 winner.," 12 July 2018 Police describe the suspect as an African-American male who stands between 5 feet 8 inches and 5 feet 10 inches tall. Danny Mcdonald, BostonGlobe.com, "Somerville police investigate armed robbery of convenience store," 5 July 2018 The man is described as about 6 feet tall, the release states. Becky Jacobs, Post-Tribune, "Woman shot in Highland by man wearing Mardi Gras-style mask, police say," 29 June 2018 At nearly 9 feet tall and 133 feet wide, the transparent wall was an unfamiliar sight to visitors. Sophie Tatum, CNN, "Military personnel killed in service honored with poppy wall," 28 May 2018 Varane, one of France's tallest players at 1.91 meters (6-foot-2 1/2), uses his speed to close down spaces. John Leicester, chicagotribune.com, "Five reasons why France will win the World Cup final," 14 July 2018 Many tall plants are damaged by summer storms and hurricanes. Tom Maccubbin, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Caterpillar invasion isn't end for healthy tree," 14 July 2018 This can spell disaster if that object is something like a tall, heavy dresser that comes with the risk of tipping over. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Emergency Responders Share 9 of the Biggest Death Traps in Your Home," 14 July 2018 The measure then directs the governor to ask the U.S. Congress for the ultimate approval — likely a tall order. Amy Lieu, Fox News, "'Cal 3' backer urges court to dismiss lawsuit opposing California break-up plan," 14 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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Phrases Related to tall

tall order

tall tale/story

walk tall

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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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