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tallboy

[tawl-boi] /ˈtɔlˌbɔɪ/
noun
1.
English Furniture.
  1. a chest of drawers supported by a low stand.
    Compare highboy.
  2. a chest-on-chest.
2.
a tall chimney pot.
3.
a tall-stemmed goblet.
4.
(initial capital letter) Military. a 12,000-pound (5400 kg) British bomb of World War II, designed to penetrate the target or plunge deep into the ground before detonating.
Origin
1670-1680
1670-80; tall + boy
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British Dictionary definitions for tallboy

tallboy

/ˈtɔːlˌbɔɪ/
noun
1.
a high chest of drawers made in two sections and placed one on top of the other; chest-on-chest
2.
a fitting on the top of a chimney to prevent downdraughts
Word Origin
C18: from tall + boy
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Word Origin and History for tallboy
n.

"high glass or goblet," 1670s, from tall + boy, though the exact signification is unclear. In reference to a high chest of drawers it is recorded from 1769, here perhaps a partial loan-translation of French haut bois, literally "high wood."

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Encyclopedia Article for tallboy

highboy

a high or double chest of drawers (known technically as a chest-on-stand and a chest-on-chest, respectively). The name highboy is derived from a corruption of the French bois ("wood") and became common in English in the late 1600s.

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