Synonyms & Antonyms of tall

1 extending to a great distance upward
  • tall skyscrapers that cast long shadows over the park

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How does the adjective tall contrast with its synonyms?

The words high and lofty are common synonyms of tall. While all three words mean "above the average in height," tall applies to what grows or rises high by comparison with others of its kind and usually implies relative narrowness.

a tall thin man

When can high be used instead of tall?

Although the words high and tall have much in common, 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

When would lofty be a good substitute for tall?

While in some cases nearly identical to tall, lofty suggests great or imposing altitude.

lofty mountain peaks

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The first known use of tall was in the 15th century

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“Tall.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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