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Tall definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

TALL, a. [Eng. dally; L. tollo.]
1. High in stature; long and comparatively slender; applied to a person, or to a standing tree, mast or pole. Tall always refers to something erect, and of which the diameter is small in proportion to the highth. We say, a tall man or woman, a tall boy for his age; a tall tree, a tall pole, a tall mast; but we never say, a tall house or a tall mountain. The application of the word to a palace or its shadow, in Waller, is now improper.
Dark shadows cast, and as his palace tall.
2. Sturdy; lusty; bold. [Unusual.]

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: great in vertical dimension; high in stature; "tall people"; "tall buildings"; "tall trees"; "tall ships" [ant: little, short]
2: lofty in style; "he engages in so much tall talk, one never really realizes what he is saying" [syn: grandiloquent, magniloquent, tall]
3: impressively difficult; "a tall order"
4: too improbable to admit of belief; "a tall story" [syn: improbable, marvelous, marvellous, tall] n
1: a garment size for a tall person

Merriam Webster's

adjective Etymology: Middle English tal, probably from Old English getæl quick, ready; akin to Old High German gizal quick Date: 15th century 1. obsolete brave, courageous 2. a. high in stature b. of a specified height <five feet tall> 3. a. of considerable height <tall trees> b. long from bottom to top <a tall book> c. of a higher growing variety or species of plant 4. a. large or formidable in amount, extent, or degree <a tall order to fill> b. pompous, high-flown <tall talk about the vast mysteries of life — W. A. White> c. highly exaggerated ; incredible, improbable <a tall story> Synonyms: see hightall adverbtallish adjectivetallness noun

Oxford Reference Dictionary

adj. & adv. --adj. 1 of more than average height. 2 of a specified height (looks about six feet tall). 3 higher than the surrounding objects (a tall building). 4 colloq. extravagant or excessive (a tall story; tall talk). --adv. as if tall; proudly; in a tall or extravagant way (sit tall). Phrases and idioms: tall drink a drink served in a tall glass. tall hat = top hat (see TOP(1)). tall order an exorbitant or unreasonable demand. tall ship a sailing ship with a high mast. Derivatives: tallish adj. tallness n. Etymology: ME, repr. OE getæl swift, prompt

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Tall Tall, a. [Compar. Taller; superl. Tallest.] [OE. tal seemly, elegant, docile (?); of uncertain origin; cf. AS. un-tala, un-tale, bad, Goth. untals indocile, disobedient, uninstructed, or W. & Corn. tal high, Ir. talla meet, fit, proper, just.] 1. High in stature; having a considerable, or an unusual, extension upward; long and comparatively slender; having the diameter or lateral extent small in proportion to the height; as, a tall person, tree, or mast. Two of far nobler shape, erect and tall. --Milton. 2. Brave; bold; courageous. [Obs.] As tall a trencherman As e'er demolished a pye fortification. --Massinger. His companions, being almost in despair of victory, were suddenly recomforted by Sir William Stanley, which came to succors with three thousand tall men. --Grafton. 3. Fine; splendid; excellent; also, extravagant; excessive. [Obs. or Slang] --B. Jonson. Syn: High; lofty. Usage: Tall, High, Lofty. High is the generic term, and is applied to anything which is elevated or raised above another thing. Tall specifically describes that which has a small diameter in proportion to its height; hence, we speak of a tall man, a tall steeple, a tall mast, etc., but not of a tall hill. Lofty has a special reference to the expanse above us, and denotes an imposing height; as, a lofty mountain; a lofty room. Tall is now properly applied only to physical objects; high and lofty have a moral acceptation; as, high thought, purpose, etc.; lofty aspirations; a lofty genius. Lofty is the stronger word, and is usually coupled with the grand or admirable.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(taller, tallest) Frequency: The word is one of the 3000 most common words in English. 1. Someone or something that is tall has a greater height than is normal or average. Being tall can make you feel incredibly self-confident... The windows overlooked a lawn of tall waving grass. ADJ 2. You use tall to ask or talk about the height of someone or something. How tall are you?... I'm only 5ft tall, and I look younger than my age... ADJ: how ADJ, amount ADJ, as ADJ as, ADJ-compar than 3. If something is a tall order, it is very difficult. Financing your studies may seem like a tall order, but there is plenty of help available. PHRASE: N inflects, v-link PHR 4. If you say that someone walks tall, you mean that they behave in a way that shows that they have pride in themselves and in what they are doing. PHRASE: V inflects

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

a. High (in stature), lofty, elevated, towering.

Moby Thesaurus

Gongoresque, Johnsonian, a bit thick, a bit thin, a mile long, absurd, affected, altitudinous, bedizened, beyond belief, big, big-sounding, bombastic, bumper, colossal, considerable, convoluted, declamatory, doubtable, doubtful, dubious, dubitable, elevated, euphuistic, exaggerated, extensive, extravagant, far-flung, far-reaching, fargoing, flamboyant, flaming, flashy, flaunting, fulsome, gangling, gangly, garish, gassy, gaudy, giant, gigantic, goodly, grand, grandiloquent, grandiose, grandisonant, great, hard of belief, hard to believe, healthy, high, high-flowing, high-flown, high-flying, high-reaching, high-sounding, high-swelling, highfalutin, highfaluting, huge, implausible, improbable, inconceivable, incredible, inflated, inkhorn, interminable, labyrinthine, lank, lanky, large, large-scale, leggy, lengthy, lexiphanic, lofty, long, long-legged, longish, longsome, lurid, magniloquent, man-sized, meretricious, no end of, not deserving belief, numerous, open to doubt, open to suspicion, orotund, ostentatious, outrageous, overblown, overdone, overelaborate, overinvolved, overwrought, passing belief, pedantic, pompous, preposterous, pretentious, problematic, questionable, rangy, rhetorical, ridiculous, sensational, sensationalistic, sententious, sesquipedal, sesquipedalian, showy, sizable, sky-high, skyscraping, soaring, sonorous, staggering belief, statuesque, steep, stilted, substantial, suspect, suspicious, swollen, thick, thin, tidy, tortuous, towering, unbelievable, unconvincing, unearthly, ungodly, unimaginable, unthinkable, unworthy of belief, windy, without end

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