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.
An example of tall used as an adverb is in the phrase "walk tall," which means to walk with pride.
Tall tales of heroic exploits.
A tall order to fill.
A tall man, a tall building.
A plant three feet tall.
A tall drink.
To stand tall, ride tall in the saddle.
Being tall is an advantage in basketball.
Five feet tall.
Origin of tall
- Middle English brave, quick from Old English getæl swift del-2 in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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").