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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Set another plate on top and press the curds into a flat disc that is 1 to 2 inches tall. Daniel Neman, Twin Cities, "Homemade cheese? No whey!," 31 July 2019 Huerta Gallegos is 5 feet 1 inches tall, weighs 120 pounds and has brown eyes and black, wavy shoulder-length hair, police said. Valeria Olivares, ExpressNews.com, "After three weeks, search continues for missing mother of four," 27 July 2019 The suspect is described as being about 5 feet 8 inches tall and between 160 and 180 pounds, police said. Anchorage Daily News, "Police seek man who robbed Anchorage coffee hut at gunpoint," 26 July 2019 The smallsat launcher, with three solid stages and a liquid-propellant fourth stage, is 20.8 meters tall. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: Chinese firm first to orbit, Starhopper makes its big leap," 26 July 2019 McLeod is 6 feet, 4 inches tall, 169 pounds and has dark hair, facial hair and brown eyes. Eric Levenson, CNN, "Canada-wide manhunt for murder suspects focuses on a small town with brutal conditions," 25 July 2019 The regulations stipulate that the areas for consumption must be separate from where cannabis is sold, and the whole area must be obscured from the public by an opaque fence or tent that is at least 8 feet tall, said Rodriguez. Melia Russell, SFChronicle.com, "Pot at Outside Lands: SF festival seeks permit to light up," 24 July 2019 Pokeweed, a thug by summer’s end, is already eight feet tall in untended areas. Washington Post, "Heavy rains can damage a vegetable garden — but the gardener can protect it," 24 July 2019 Johnson is 5 feet tall and weighs 160 pounds, with brown hair and hazel eyes. Maria Elena Vizcaino, Dallas News, "Woman, 60, was last seen walking in southeast Oak Cliff," 23 July 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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