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tall

[ tawl ]
/ tɔl /
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adjective, tall·er, tall·est.

adverb

in a proud, confident, or erect manner: to stand tall; to walk tall.

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Origin of tall

First recorded before 1000; Middle English: “big, bold, comely, proper, ready,” Old English getæl (plural getale ) “quick, ready, competent”; cognate with Old High German gizal “quick”
2. See high.
tallness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for tall

tall
/ (tɔːl) /

adjective

of more than average height
  1. (postpositive) having a specified heighta woman five feet tall
  2. (in combination)a twenty-foot-tall partition
informal exaggerated or incrediblea tall story
informal difficult to accomplisha tall order
an archaic word for excellent
tallness, noun
C14 (in the sense: big, comely, valiant); related to Old English getæl prompt, Old High German gizal quick, Gothic untals foolish
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Idioms and Phrases with tall

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