- a chest of drawers supported by a low stand.Compare highboy.
- a chest-on-chest.
Words nearby tallboy
ABOUT THIS WORD
What else does tallboy mean?
Where does tallboy come from?
Tallboys probably make you think of a big can of beer you might pick up at a gas station or corner store, but the term actually has an older relationship to alcohol than you may have guessed.
In the late 1600s, a tallboy was a type of glass or goblet or big pot of wine. The larger-than-average-can-of-beer sense of tallboy, as you probably guessed, is much more recent. It’s recorded in the 1950s. These cans are comparatively tall, and boy is apparently is a playful way of referring to the manageably big object.
How is tallboy used in real life?
A typical can of beer in the United States holds 12 ounces. Any can larger than that, from 16 ounces on up is generally referred to as a tallboy for its thin, tall shape. This is how this word is used most often in the United States. People often buy tallboys one or two at a time at convenient stores, as opposed to ordering a pint at a bar or getting a six-pack.
It's a tallboy can kind-of-day. Which would you choose? pic.twitter.com/Ldj9QFfpVJ
— Baxter Brewing Co. (@baxterbrewing) May 4, 2020
We've added three new, tallboy mixed cases to our web shop 💪
✔️Tallboy Mixed Dozen – https://t.co/eIJfbax5Cl
✔️Big Boy Mixed Dozen – https://t.co/d2L1sY2EXt
✔️Tallboy IPA Mix – https://t.co/njERDIlcFA
Plus we've a new 440ml version of Take-Home Taproom COMING SOON🤯 pic.twitter.com/lFfRwUXsXZ
— Rooster's Brewing Co (@RoostersBrewCo) May 1, 2020
Other large cans of beverages, such as soft drinks, energy drinks, or alcoholic seltzers, can also be referred to as tallboys, owing to their above-average size.
Bwcoming drunk off kombucha tallboy it’s what i deserve
— xtiniwini (@xtiniwini) May 5, 2020
Also called a highboy, a tallboy is also the name for a type of large chest of drawers on legs. Historically these items of furniture were very beautiful and ornate. In Australia, the U.K., and elsewhere in the Commonwealth, a tallboy most likely refers to a tall chest of drawers.
— Sussex Antiques (@drewjo1) March 8, 2017
One particularly famous Tallboy was a massive bomb used by the British in World War II; it was able to plunge into the ground before exploding. Like the cans and chest of drawers, it was named for its tall, slender shape.
More examples of tallboy:
“Trike drank a tallboy, sent the e-mail, and then went home.”
—Josh Cook, An Exaggerated Murder, 2015
“Legendary Hip-Hop artist Big Boi and Budweiser have tag-teamed for a limited-edition Big Boi Tall Boy 25 oz. can.”
—Shawn Grant, The Source, October 2019
How to use tallboy in a sentence
More often than not, these spots were decorated with tallboy Twisted Teas and Bud Lights.
There was no fireplace and no coal-scuttle, so I took off my right boot and put it in the bottom drawer of the tallboy instead.
Facing the window and the sunshine was a facsimile of the tallboy chest which I had coveted so fiercely two hours before.
But next morning, when they were dressing, what does the stranger do but carefully hang his breeches on the knobs of the tallboy!English Fairy Tales|Flora Annie Steel
The tallboy chest was standing alone in its dignity at the top of the broad staircase.
Something more nearly approaching the genuine "tallboy" is shown in the coloured frontispiece.