tall

[tawl]
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.
a.
seemly; proper.
b.
fine; handsome.
adverb
9.
in a proud, confident, or erect manner: to stand tall; to walk tall.

Origin:
before 1000; Middle English: big, bold, comely, proper, ready, Old English getæl (plural getale) quick, ready, competent; cognate with Old High German gizal quick

tallness, noun


2. See high.


1. short.
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tall (tɔːl)
 
adj
1.  of more than average height
2.  a.  (postpositive) having a specified height: a woman five feet tall
 b.  (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
 
[C14 (in the sense: big, comely, valiant); related to Old English getæl prompt, Old High German gizal quick, Gothic untals foolish]
 
'tallness
 
n

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tall
"high in stature," 1520s, probably ultimately from O.E. getæl "prompt, active." Sense evolved to "brave, valiant, seemly, proper" (c.1400), then to "attractive, handsome" (mid-15c.), and finally "being of more than average height." The O.E. word is related to O.H.G. gi-zal "quick," Goth. un-tals
"indocile." Sense evolution is remarkable, but adjectives applied to persons often mutate quickly in meaning (e.g. pretty, 'boxom, Ger. klein "small, little," which in M.H.G. meant the same as its English cognate clean). Phrase tall, dark, and handsome is recorded from 1906.
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Example sentences for tallest
On ships with fewer than three masts, the tallest is the mainmast.
It is the tallest stand alone purpose built control tower in the world.
The tallest buildings in the city are the two towers of the rambam square complex.
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