Definition of tall in English:



  • 1Of great or more than average height, especially (with reference to an object) relative to width:

    ‘a tall, broad-shouldered man’
    ‘a tall glass of iced tea’
    • ‘In his right hand was a plate of food and in the other a tall glass of orange juice.’
    • ‘Nearby will be a tall transparent wall of glass sited in a reflecting pool and illuminated with blue light.’
    • ‘He saw a tall willow tree, and decided to rest in its shade.’
    • ‘Mychael found herself in a tall tower - one of many in the castle.’
    • ‘The grass was tall enough to hide a horse and waved in the breeze like a wind-roiled sea.’
    • ‘They all looked to see a tall pillar of smoke rising in the not-too distant distance.’
    • ‘Apart from Damian, there is no one I would not trust to hold the bottom of a tall ladder or to own a weapon.’
    • ‘Pour the Pimm's into a tall glass and add the lemon, cucumber and strawberries.’
    • ‘He looked like he needed a nap and a tall glass of ice water, but that would have to wait.’
    • ‘Climbing to the top of a tall building, a hill, or a church tower is a great way to get a feel for a place.’
    • ‘The bar, just big enough for four or five people, was in a tall, thin building at the top of a narrow staircase.’
    • ‘Why do people pay to go up tall buildings and then put money in binoculars to look at things on the ground?’
    • ‘Water will trickle audibly here and there, and there'll be the gentle swish of bamboo and tall grasses.’
    • ‘With no tall buildings nearby to obstruct your sight, you can see for miles around.’
    • ‘The elevator came to a stop and the doors slid open, revealing the sixth floor of the tall building.’
    • ‘Avoid any mixture containing bentgrass or tall fescue or more than 15 percent ryegrass.’
    • ‘He stood up to offer a handshake, revealing that he was a tall man, of average but sufficient build.’
    • ‘The area consists of luxuriant growth of tall grasses with scattered growth of deciduous forest trees.’
    • ‘There was no one there, except for a tall figure standing by in the distance.’
    • ‘Add the juice of an orange if you like and serve in tall glasses with ice cubes.’
    high, big, lofty, towering, soaring, elevated, sky-high, sky-scraping
    big, high, large, huge, towering
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    1. 1.1 (after a measurement and in questions) measuring a specified distance from top to bottom:
      ‘he was over six feet tall’
      ‘how tall are you?’
      • ‘Individuals may be 1-1.4 m tall at the shoulders.’
      • ‘A tribe of pygmies from the Grasslands of Africa, the Fukawi grow to a height of 4 feet tall.’
      • ‘Heather is approximately 4ft 6in tall with a slim build, hazel eyes and long brown hair.’
      • ‘At the age of seventeen, he was already almost two hundred centimeters tall.’
      • ‘They were not as short as I would have thought, around 1.2 meters tall.’
      • ‘The other one was a couple of inches taller with dark hair.’
      • ‘The 4ft 5in tall boy was disqualified from driving following a motoring offence in December last year.’
      • ‘Only around ten centimeters taller than him, the older kid looked fairly nasty.’
      • ‘He is described as about 6ft tall, medium to thin build, with black and shaven hair.’
      • ‘The steel glasses were 3 feet tall and you wonder how all of it fit into one person.’
      • ‘He is about 1.5 metres tall with big brown eyes and curly jet-black hair.’
      • ‘The warm water felt good, and waves were up to two meters tall.’
      • ‘One of the youths is described as about 6ft tall with ginger hair and wearing a light blue top.’
      • ‘He seemed to be pretty tall for his age, probably around 5 ' 9".’
      • ‘They stand about two feet tall at the shoulder and typically weigh around 100 pounds.’
      • ‘He says you must stand back and look at the tree from a distance to get an idea how tall it is.’
      • ‘He was six feet tall with a lean build and wavy blonde hair.’
      • ‘She is white, 5ft 4in tall with a large build, short grey hair and blue eyes.’
      • ‘The third is described as six feet tall, in his mid-twenties with short dark hair and possibly a moustache.’
      • ‘In 1999 we constructed a small prototype of this clock, approximately two meters tall.’
      in height, high, from head to foot, from head to toe
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Late Middle English: probably from Old English getæl ‘swift, prompt’. Early senses also included ‘fine, handsome’ and ‘bold, strong, good at fighting’.