- having a relatively great height; of more than average stature: a tall woman; tall grass.
- having stature or height as specified: a man six feet tall.
- large in amount or degree; considerable: a tall price; Swinging that deal is a tall order.
- extravagant; difficult to believe: a tall tale.
- high-flown; grandiloquent: He engages in so much tall talk, one never really knows what he's saying.
- having more than usual length; long and relatively narrow: He carried a tall walking stick.
- Archaic. valiant.
- seemly; proper.
- fine; handsome.
- in a proud, confident, or erect manner: to stand tall; to walk tall.
Origin of tall
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Examples from the Web for tallest
Museums of natural history display the biggest meteorites, tallest dinosaurs, and millipedes with the most legs.Blurred Lines at NY Sketchbook Museum
November 1, 2014
When she was unveiled 128 years ago today, Lady Liberty was the tallest structure in New York City.128 Years Old and Still a Looker: Happy Birthday to Lady Liberty
October 28, 2014
You know what the religion of a city is by the tallest building.Andrew Garfield on the Evils of Capitalism, the Hacking Scandal, and Criticism of ‘Spider-Man 2’
September 10, 2014
Built in 1889, it was the tallest man-made structure in the world until the Chrysler Building in New York caught up in 1930.Discovering The Charms Of La France Profonde
June 9, 2014
When building first began, Ryugyong was on track to be the tallest hotel in the world.Nobody’s Home at the Hermit Kingdom’s Ghost Hotel
May 22, 2014
Other things being equal, people of six prefer that man who is tallest.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
For these she used the china dolls, the tallest of which was three inches high.Kristy's Rainy Day Picnic
Olive Thorne Miller
Elizabeth then wanted to know which was the tallest of the two.Queen Elizabeth
The tallest of the three men covered her hands with his own.
The Head Buffalo is a head taller than the tallest man of his tribe.
- of more than average height
- (postpositive)having a specified heighta woman five feet tall
- (in combination)a twenty-foot-tall partition
- informal exaggerated or incrediblea tall story
- informal difficult to accomplisha tall order
- an archaic word for excellent
Word Origin and History for tallest
"high in stature," 1520s, probably ultimately from Old English getæl "prompt, active." Sense evolved to "brave, valiant, seemly, proper" (late 14c.), then to "attractive, handsome" (mid-15c.), and finally "being of more than average height." The Old English word is related to Old High German gi-zal "quick," Gothic un-tals "indocile."
Sense evolution is remarkable, but adjectives applied to persons often mutate quickly in meaning (e.g. pretty, buxom, German klein "small, little," which in Middle High German meant the same as its English cognate clean). Meaning "exaggerated" (as in tall tale) is American English colloquial attested by 1846. Phrase tall, dark, and handsome is recorded from 1906.