If you can easily slap the ceiling with the palm of your hand, you're tall. The measure of your height tells you exactly how tall you are.

You don't have to be tall to be a good basketball player, but it can come in handy when you're trying to get the ball in the basket. When it's not describing a person's stature, the adjective tall might refer to a beverage, like a tall glass of lemonade. A tall tale is an outlandish, hard-to-believe story, and a tall order is a really unreasonable request. And when you stand tall, you act confidently.

Primary Meanings of tall

great in vertical dimension; high in stature
a garment size for a tall person
too improbable to admit of belief
Full Definitions of tall

adj great in vertical dimension; high in stature

tall people”
tall buildings”
tall trees”
tall ships”
(literal meaning) being at or having a relatively great or specific elevation or upward extension (sometimes used in combinations like `knee-high')
big, large
above average in size or number or quantity or magnitude or extent
gangling, gangly, lanky, rangy
tall and thin and having long slender limbs
in height
having a specified height
leggy, long-legged, long-shanked
having long legs
leggy, tall-growing
(of plants) having tall spindly stems
of relatively great height
long-stalked, tall-stalked
of plants having relatively long stalks
stately, statuesque
of size and dignity suggestive of a statue
somewhat tall
little, short
low in stature; not tall
literal meanings; being at or having a relatively small elevation or upward extension
chunky, dumpy, low-set, squat, squatty, stumpy
short and thick; as e.g. having short legs and heavy musculature
compact, heavyset, stocky, thick, thickset
having a short and solid form or stature
representing only the upper half of the body
pint-size, pint-sized, runty, sawed-off, sawn-off
well below average height
of plants having relatively short stalks
squab, squabby
short and fat
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adj lofty in style

“he engages in so much tall talk, one never really realizes what he is saying”
grandiloquent, magniloquent
given to rhetoric, emphasizing style at the expense of thought

adj impressively difficult

“a tall order”
difficult, hard
not easy; requiring great physical or mental effort to accomplish or comprehend or endure

n a garment size for a tall person

Type of:
the property resulting from being one of a series of graduated measurements (as of clothing)

adj too improbable to admit of belief

“a tall story”
improbable, marvellous, marvelous
incredible, unbelievable
beyond belief or understanding

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