adjective, tall·er, tall·est.
- seemly; proper.
- fine; handsome.
Origin of tall
Synonyms for tall
Antonyms for tall
Related Words for tallergreat, lanky, big, rangy, soaring, towering, hard, steep, giant, elevated, beanstalk, impossible, absurd, alpine, lofty, sizable, statuesque, lank, sky-high, altitudinous
Examples from the Web for taller
Contemporary Examples of taller
“They were longer-limbed, they rotated their torsos much faster, and sometimes they were taller,” he says.The Battle of the Sexes Is Back: Serena vs. the Men
August 28, 2013
History shows that in 80 percent of presidential elections, the candidate who is taller wins.
It turns out Romney is taller than Obama, which, according to this theory, gives the former governor a leg up in November.
John Kelsey is 47, taller and slighter and shier, with cropped hair and a tendency to withdraw under his baseball cap.Bernadette Corporation: Mutating Art Collective Succeeds in the Avant Garde
September 7, 2012
They are wider than a pickup truck, taller than a man, and strong enough to deflect the explosion of a car bomb.On Memorial Day, a Soldier Honors the Fallen
May 28, 2012
Historical Examples of taller
The men are taller than the average, and the women, relatively, taller than the men.
Miss Merton is the taller, but there is something fierce in her eyes.Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete
I wish you'd light up, evenin's, an' not set here by one taller candle!Meadow Grass
Evidently Dick is the taller, for Mr. Don has to look up to him.Echoes of the War
J. M. Barrie
She was a lithe, strong woman, taller than he, or else she would have fallen.Roden's Corner
Henry Seton Merriman
- (postpositive)having a specified heighta woman five feet tall
- (in combination)a twenty-foot-tall partition
Word Origin for tall
"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.
In addition to the idioms beginning with tall
- tall order
- tall tale
- walk tall