\ 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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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 Rubber gaskets separate the 10-and-a-half foot tall glass walls from the concrete roof to prevent cracking in case of shifts in the structure. David Gleisner, Daily Southtown, "Rare glass house carved into hillside hits the market in Olympia Fields," 14 July 2018 That happened just after the port scrapped a plan to set aside an 80-foot tall section of the Hilton Bayfront hotel garage for ads that would appear up to 334 days a year and generate up to $100,000 per year. David Garrick, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Public outcry prompts port to shelve looser policy for building wrap ads," 13 July 2018 The shrubby butterfly weed flowers in a vibrant orange, gardener-favorite swamp milkweed blooms tall in pink and purple, while the common milkweed explodes with pale pink pompons the size of softballs. Anna Groves, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "They're beautiful — and in danger. Now, a huge effort focuses on saving monarch butterflies," 13 July 2018 Anderson, who is 6-foot-8, and Isner, who is 6-10, are two of the tallest men in tennis, with fine service technique to match their leverage. Christopher Clarey, New York Times, "Wimbledon: After Many, Many Hours, Kevin Anderson Beats John Isner in the Semifinals," 13 July 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'tall.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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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Dictionary Entries near tall

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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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