adjective, tall·er, tall·est.
- seemly; proper.
- fine; handsome.
Origin of tall
Examples from the Web for tallest
Museums of natural history display the biggest meteorites, tallest dinosaurs, and millipedes with the most legs.
When she was unveiled 128 years ago today, Lady Liberty was the tallest structure in New York City.128 Years Old and Still a Looker: Happy Birthday to Lady Liberty|Elizabeth Mitchell|October 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
You know what the religion of a city is by the tallest building.Andrew Garfield on the Evils of Capitalism, the Hacking Scandal, and Criticism of ‘Spider-Man 2’|Marlow Stern|September 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Built in 1889, it was the tallest man-made structure in the world until the Chrysler Building in New York caught up in 1930.
When building first began, Ryugyong was on track to be the tallest hotel in the world.
Jean crept behind some of the tallest, not wishing the King to perceive him and misinterpret his intentions.When a Cobbler Ruled a King|Augusta Huiell Seaman
The tallest of the men then stepped from the rest and caught up the child in his arms.The Kangaroo Hunters|Anne Bowman
The building, one of the newest and tallest in Delta, had been gutted by the flood.Hoofbeats on the Turnpike|Mildred A. Wirt
“The giant gum, Eucalyptus amygdalina, is said to be the tallest tree in the world,” the gentleman replied.The Land of the Kangaroo|Thomas Wallace Knox
Youll find the British dodging the bullets I send them, as nimbly as they do those of the tallest of you.The Young Continentals at Bunker Hill|John T. McIntyre
British Dictionary definitions for tallest
- (postpositive) having a specified heighta woman five feet tall
- (in combination)a twenty-foot-tall partition
Word Origin for tall
Word Origin and History for tallest
"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.
Idioms and Phrases with tallest
In addition to the idioms beginning with tall
- tall order
- tall tale
- walk tall