Very tall trees.
- The definition of tall is more than average height or stature, or something that is hard to believe.
- An example of someone tall is a woman who measures 6'0".
- An example of something tall is a tall tale, an exaggerated tale that is untrue.
- Tall is defined as in a dignified manner.
An example of tall used as an adverb is in the phrase "walk tall," which means to walk with pride.
- of more than normal height or stature: a tall man, a tall building
- having a specified height: five feet tall
- Informal hard to believe because exaggerated or untrue
- Informal large; of considerable size: a tall drink
- Informal high-flown; pompously eloquent: tall talk
Origin of tallMiddle English tal, dexterous, seemly from Old English (ge)tæl, swift, prompt, akin to Old High German gizal, swift from Indo-European base an unverified form del-, to aim from source tale, tell
- a. Having greater than ordinary height: a tall woman.b. Having considerable height, especially in relation to width; lofty: tall trees.
- Having a specified height: a plant three feet tall.
- Informal Fanciful or exaggerated; boastful: tall tales of heroic exploits.
- Impressively great or difficult: a tall order to fill.
- Obsolete Excellent; fine.
Origin of tallMiddle English brave, quick from Old English getæl swift ; see del-2 in Indo-European roots.
(comparative taller, superlative tallest)
- (archaic) Fine; proper; admirable; great; excellent.
- (of a person) Having a vertical extent greater than the average. For example, somebody with a height of over 6 feet would generally be considered to be tall.
- Being tall is an advantage in basketball.
- (of a building, etc.) Having its top a long way up; having a great vertical (often greater than horizontal) extent; high.
- (of a story) Hard to believe, such as a tall story or a tall tale.
- (chiefly US, of a cup of coffee) A cup of coffee smaller than grande, usually 8 ounces.
From Middle English tall, talle, tal (“seemly, becoming, excellent, good, valiant, bold, great"), from Old English *tÃ¦l, Ä¡etÃ¦l (“swift, ready, having mastery of"), from Proto-Germanic *talaz (“submissive, pliable"), from Proto-Indo-European *dol-, *del- (“to aim, calculate, adjust, reckon"). Cognate with Scots tal (“high, lofty, tall"), Old Frisian tel (“swift"), Old Saxon gital (“quick"), Old High German gizal (“active, agile"), Gothic ðŒ¿ðŒ½ð„ðŒ°ðŒ»ðƒ (untals, “indocile, disobedient").