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adjective,tall·er, tall·est.
  1. having a relatively great height; of more than average stature: a tall woman;tall grass.

  2. having stature or height as specified: a man six feet tall.

  1. large in amount or degree; considerable: a tall price;Swinging that deal is a tall order.

  2. extravagant; difficult to believe: a tall tale.

  3. high-flown; grandiloquent: He engages in so much tall talk, one never really knows what he's saying.

  4. having more than usual length; long and relatively narrow: He carried a tall walking stick.

  5. (of a drink) consisting of liquor mixed with other ingredients and served in a large glass, as a cocktail: We watched as he put together a Mamie Taylor, a tall drink with Scotch, ginger beer, and lime.

  6. Tall, (of beverages at Starbucks coffee shops) being of a small size equal to 12 ounces (354 milliliters).: Compare Grande, Venti.

  7. Archaic. valiant.

  8. Obsolete.

    • seemly; proper.

    • fine; handsome.

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

  1. Tall, (at Starbucks coffee shops) a small size of beverage equal to 12 ounces (354 milliliters).: Compare Grande, Venti.

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”

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2. See high.

Opposites for tall

Other words from tall

  • tall·ness, noun

Words Nearby tall

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How to use tall in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for tall


/ (tɔːl) /

  1. of more than average height

    • (postpositive) having a specified height: a woman five feet tall

    • (in combination): a twenty-foot-tall partition

  1. informal exaggerated or incredible: a tall story

  2. informal difficult to accomplish: a tall order

  3. an archaic word for excellent

Origin of tall

C14 (in the sense: big, comely, valiant); related to Old English getæl prompt, Old High German gizal quick, Gothic untals foolish

Derived forms of tall

  • tallness, noun

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Other Idioms and Phrases with tall


In addition to the idioms beginning with tall

  • tall order
  • tall tale

also see:

  • walk tall

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