The centrality, ease and harmony of the poise are of more importance than the tallness.
Her tallness, he thought, could be said to have come straight from him.
But—on the stage the prejudice is in favour of a degree of tallness that we might not admire off it.
Oh, the relief of the tallness and straightness and whiteness!
There are plants that are tall and can transmit only tallness to offspring.
For coloured flowers are dominant to white, and tallness is dominant to dwarfness.
Aunt Kate bent over from her tallness and gave her a perfunctory kiss.
Despite his limp, I was conscious of his tallness and lissomness as he hobbled by my side.
But Jason was the noblest of all; for Hera, who loved him, gave him beauty and tallness and terrible manhood.
When we were come to the bush a-nodding, I leaned over to the tallness of it.
"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.