(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").