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tall

[tawl] /tɔl/
adjective, taller, tallest.
1.
having a relatively great height; of more than average stature:
a tall woman; tall grass.
2.
having stature or height as specified:
a man six feet tall.
3.
large in amount or degree; considerable:
a tall price; Swinging that deal is a tall order.
4.
extravagant; difficult to believe:
a tall tale.
5.
high-flown; grandiloquent:
He engages in so much tall talk, one never really knows what he's saying.
6.
having more than usual length; long and relatively narrow:
He carried a tall walking stick.
7.
Archaic. valiant.
8.
Obsolete.
  1. seemly; proper.
  2. fine; handsome.
adverb
9.
in a proud, confident, or erect manner:
to stand tall; to walk tall.
Origin
1000
before 1000; Middle English: big, bold, comely, proper, ready, Old English getæl (plural getale) quick, ready, competent; cognate with Old High German gizal quick
Related forms
tallness, noun
Synonyms
2. See high.
Antonyms
1. short.
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  • They are much taller than ogres but their height is concealed by their hunched posture.
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British Dictionary definitions for taller

tall

/tɔːl/
adjective
1.
of more than average height
2.
  1. (postpositive) having a specified height: a woman five feet tall
  2. (in combination): a twenty-foot-tall partition
3.
(informal) exaggerated or incredible: a tall story
4.
(informal) difficult to accomplish: a tall order
5.
an archaic word for excellent
Derived Forms
tallness, noun
Word Origin
C14 (in the sense: big, comely, valiant); related to Old English getæl prompt, Old High German gizal quick, Gothic untals foolish
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Word Origin and History for taller

tall

adj.

"high in stature," 1520s, probably ultimately from Old English getæl "prompt, active." Sense evolved to "brave, valiant, seemly, proper" (late 14c.), then to "attractive, handsome" (mid-15c.), and finally "being of more than average height." The Old English word is related to Old High German gi-zal "quick," Gothic un-tals "indocile."

Sense evolution is remarkable, but adjectives applied to persons often mutate quickly in meaning (e.g. pretty, buxom, German klein "small, little," which in Middle High German meant the same as its English cognate clean). Meaning "exaggerated" (as in tall tale) is American English colloquial attested by 1846. Phrase tall, dark, and handsome is recorded from 1906.

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Slang definitions & phrases for taller

talk until one is blue in the face

verb phrase

To talk forever, but with nobody listening: talk till you are blue in the face, but no one is changing their mind


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