tall

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adjective \ˈtȯl\

Definition of tall

  1. 1 obsolete :  brave, courageous

  2. 2a :  high in statureb :  of a specified height <five feet tall>

  3. 3a :  of considerable height <tall trees>b :  long from bottom to top <a tall book>c :  of a higher growing variety or species of plant

  4. 4a :  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>

tall

adverb

tallish

play \ˈtȯ-lish\ adjective

tallness

play \ˈtȯl-nəs\ noun

Examples of tall in a sentence

  1. All the children in my family grew up to be very tall.

  2. My mother is short but my father is fairly tall.

  3. The giraffe is the tallest animal.

  4. The drinks were served in tall glasses.

  5. She is five feet tall.

Origin and Etymology of tall

Middle English tal, probably from Old English getæl quick, ready; akin to Old High German gizal quick


First Known Use: 15th century

Synonym Discussion of tall

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>.


TALL Defined for English Language Learners

tall

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adjective \ˈtȯl\

Definition of tall for English Language Learners

  • : greater in height than the average person, building, etc.

  • : having a specified height


TALL Defined for Kids

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tall

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adjective \ˈtȯl\

Definition of tall for Students

taller

tallest

  1. 1 :  having unusually great height

  2. 2 :  of a stated height <ten feet tall>

  3. 3 :  made up <a tall tale>

tallness

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tall

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adverb

Definition of tall for Students

  1. :  so as to be or look tall <Stand tall and straight.>



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