adjective, tall·er, tall·est.
- seemly; proper.
- fine; handsome.
Origin of tall
Synonyms for tall
Antonyms for tall
Related Words for tallnessperiod, breadth, term, mileage, span, diameter, stretch, section, space, portion, height, width, range, magnitude, limit, duration, radius, piece, segment, dimension
Examples from the Web for tallness
Historical Examples of tallness
Oh, the relief of the tallness and straightness and whiteness!The Incomplete Amorist
The Germans pride themselves in their tallness of stature and skill in magic.The Praise of Folly
Her tallness, he thought, could be said to have come straight from him.The Heart of Arethusa
Francis Barton Fox
Yet it carried itself with an effect of tallness and slenderness and grace.The Combined Maze
For coloured flowers are dominant to white, and tallness is dominant to dwarfness.Mendelism
Reginald Crundall Punnett
- (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