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.

Definitions of tall
  1. adjective
    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
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    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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  2. adjective
    lofty in style
    “he engages in so much tall talk, one never really realizes what he is saying”
    synonyms: grandiloquent, magniloquent
    given to rhetoric, emphasizing style at the expense of thought
  3. adjective
    impressively difficult
    “a tall order”
    difficult, hard
    not easy; requiring great physical or mental effort to accomplish or comprehend or endure
  4. noun
    a garment size for a tall person
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    type of:
    the property resulting from being one of a series of graduated measurements (as of clothing)
  5. adjective
    too improbable to admit of belief
    “a tall story”
    synonyms: improbable, marvellous, marvelous
    incredible, unbelievable
    beyond belief or understanding
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