- English Furniture.
- a chest of drawers supported by a low stand.Compare highboy.
- a chest-on-chest.
- a tall chimney pot.
- a tall-stemmed goblet.
- (initial capital letter) Military. a 12,000-pound (5400 kg) British bomb of World War II, designed to penetrate the target or plunge deep into the ground before detonating.
Origin of tallboy
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Examples from the Web for tallboy
Something more nearly approaching the genuine "tallboy" is shown in the coloured frontispiece.
The tallboy was purely the outcome of a demand for something more commodious than the early form.
By easy stages we arrive at the tallboy pure and simple, sometimes called "double chest" or "chest on chest."
There was no fireplace and no coal-scuttle, so I took off my right boot and put it in the bottom drawer of the tallboy instead.
Facing the window and the sunshine was a facsimile of the tallboy chest which I had coveted so fiercely two hours before.
- a high chest of drawers made in two sections and placed one on top of the other; chest-on-chest
- a fitting on the top of a chimney to prevent downdraughts
C18: from tall + boy
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Word Origin and History for tallboy
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