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-2 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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