tall

[ tawl ]
/ tɔl /

adjective, tall·er, tall·est.

adverb

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

Origin of tall

before 1000; Middle English: big, bold, comely, proper, ready, Old English getæl (plural getale) quick, ready, competent; cognate with Old High German gizal quick

OTHER WORDS FROM tall

tall·ness, 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

Derived forms of tall

tallness, noun

Word Origin for tall

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

tall

In addition to the idioms beginning with tall

  • tall order
  • tall tale

also see:

  • walk tall
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