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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On facing screens, each about 5 feet tall, Snaps play with audio components that match the notes of a recording Marclay made in 2005. David Pagel, Los Angeles Times, "Why the Snapchat exhibition at LACMA looks cool but ultimately rings hollow," 14 Sep. 2019 The tall, narrow back, the flat seat, and the ornate wooden arms are upholstered in a hooked rug with big maroon flowers. BostonGlobe.com, "Beautiful memories from an ugly chair - The Boston Globe," 14 Sep. 2019 How to do it: Stand tall, with your feet hip-width apart. Hayden Carpenter, Outside Online, "7 Exercises for Stronger Hamstrings," 13 Sep. 2019 An attendee jokingly told an already standing Trish Zornio, who is about 5 feet tall, to stand up. Justin Wingerter, The Denver Post, "Hickenlooper trades presidential primary stage for Durango library," 7 Sep. 2019 The former chancellor is tall, grey and with a sense of humour that matches his fiscal policy: extra-dry. The Economist, "How Britain’s staid Conservative Party became a radical insurgency," 5 Sep. 2019 Or: taller than your average citizen, but certainly not towering over anyone. Stanley Kay, SI.com, "The Joy of Watching Diego Schwartzman," 3 Sep. 2019 Over the course of 2009 and 2010, Stuxnet had destroyed more than a thousand of the six-and-a-half-foot-tall aluminum centrifuges installed in Iran’s underground nuclear enrichment facility in Natanz, throwing the facility into confusion and chaos. Andy Greenberg, WIRED, "The WIRED Guide to Cyberwar," 23 Aug. 2019 He is described as a white male who is 4 feet tall, 50 pounds, with blond hair and blue eyes, and he was last seen wearing a blue polo shirt, tan shorts and tan shoes. Tom Steele, Dallas News, "Amber Alert: 6-year-old Waxahachie boy is believed to be with non-custodial parent," 23 Aug. 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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