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adj. tall·er, tall·est
a. Having greater than ordinary height: a tall woman.
b. Having considerable height, especially in relation to width; lofty: tall trees.
2. Having a specified height: a plant three feet tall.
3. Informal Fanciful or exaggerated; boastful: tall tales of heroic exploits.
4. Impressively great or difficult: a tall order to fill.
5. Obsolete Excellent; fine.
With proud bearing; straight: stand tall.

[Middle English, brave, quick, from Old English getæl, swift; see del- in Indo-European roots.]

tall′ish adj.
tall′ness n.


  1. I’m about as tall as a shotgun and just as noisy —Truman Capote
  2. I towered over my parents like some big-footed freak of another species, like a cuckoo raised by sparrows —T. Coraghessan Boyle
  3. Long and tall as a scarecrow —John Yount
  4. Tall and gaunt as a hangman —Angela Carter

    See Also: THINNESS

  5. Tall as a building —Louise Erdrich
  6. Tall as a crane —Dame Edith Sitwell

    This is part of the opening and closing refrain of Dame Edith’s Aubade, the full stanza reading, “Jane, Jane, tall as a crane, the morning light creaks down again.” In the United States the “Tall as a crane” comparison can be traced back to an Arkansas railroad song in which the simile is used as follows: “He was six feet seven in his stocking feet and taller than any crane.”

  7. Tall as a stork —Angela Carter
  8. Tall as a thunderstorm —Miles Gibson
  9. (He was) tall as a tree in the middle of the night —Wallace Stevens
  10. (Poppies as) tall as buildings —Arthur A. Cohen
  11. Tall men are like houses of four stories, wherein commonly the uppermost room is worst furnished —James Howell
  12. Tower over … like the Washington Monument —James Thurber
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Tallness - the vertical dimension of extensiontallness - the vertical dimension of extension; distance from the base of something to the top
dimension - the magnitude of something in a particular direction (especially length or width or height)
loftiness, highness - the quality of being high or lofty
lowness - the quality of being low; lacking height; "he was suddenly aware of the lowness of the ceiling"
2.tallness - the property of being taller than average stature
stature, height - (of a standing person) the distance from head to foot
shortness - the property of being shorter than average stature
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[ˈtɔːlnɪs] Naltura f


(of person)Größe f, → Länge f (inf)
(of building, tree, grass)Höhe f; (of mast also)Länge f


[ˈtɔːlnɪs] naltezza


(toːl) adjective
1. (of people and thin or narrow objects such as buildings or trees) higher than normal. a tall man/tree.
2. (of people) having a particular height. John is only four feet tall.
ˈtallness noun
a tall order
something very difficult to do. Finding somewhere for fifty children to stay tonight is rather a tall order.
a tall story
a story which is hard to believe. He is always telling tall stories.

tall is used especially of people, and of other (narrow) upright objects: a tall girl, tree, building .
high is used of objects that are a long way off the ground, or reach a great height: a high shelf, diving-board, mountain, wall .
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The taller the ship, the further she can be seen; and her white tallness breathed upon by the wind first proclaims her size.
When they yield to a squall in a gaunt and naked submission, their tallness is brought best home even to the mind of a seaman.
By the engine stood a dark motionless being, a sooty and grimy embodiment of tallness, in a sort of trance, with a heap of coals by his side: it was the engineman.
At first glance I saw that she was a high-class vessel, a harmonious creature in the lines of her fine body, in the proportioned tallness of her spars.
The figure increased to 80% when tallness and leanness were also factored in.
By and large, all religious traditions have the inner capacity to rise to that spiritually elevated domain of mystical delicacies, although only a selected few attain such tallness.
In the same tone, people in Pakistan describe the tallness of this relationship by saying that 'Sino-Pak friendship is higher than the mountains, deeper than the oceans, stronger than steel and sweeter than honey', he said.
75-inch in tallness x 3-inch in width to offer the ideal dimensions for a regular utilize wallet.
The biggest difference between coffee pot and teapot is the tallness of the former in order to facilitate mounting the spout good and high, well out of the way of the sediment that ground coffee creates.
It is seen from our examinations that when the tallness of characters in a tag is littler than 15 pixels our approach may miss the plate.
The example provided illustrates master word-smithery at its purest: "His father though a tall man/ contained his tallness, carried/ himself in himself, like a jar,/ a small jar made of just glass/and smallness.
2013) reported thatthe color of fresh leaf, tree tallness, type of leaf margins, circumference of stem, strength of fragrance and length of leaf blade had strong correlation.