English Online Dictionary. What means tall? What does tall mean?
From Middle English tall, talle, tal (“seemly, becoming, handsome, good-looking, excellent, good, valiant, lively in speech, bold, great, large, big”), from Old English *tæl, ġetæl (“swift, ready, having mastery of”), from Proto-Germanic *talaz (“submissive, pliable, obedient”), from Proto-Indo-European *dol-, *del- (“to aim, calculate, adjust, reckon”). Cognate with Scots tal (“high, lofty, tall”), Old Frisian tel (“swift”), Old Saxon gital (“quick”), Old High German gizal (“active, agile”), Gothic 𐌿𐌽𐍄𐌰𐌻𐍃 (untals, “indocile, disobedient”).
The Oxford English Dictionary notes: "The sense development [of tall] is remarkable, but is paralleled more or less by that of other adjectives expressing estimation, such as buxom, canny, clean, clever, cunning, deft, elegant, handsome, pretty, proper; German klein, as compared with English clean, presents the antithesis to modern tall as compared to tall in early Middle English. It has been conjectured that in the sense 'high of stature' it is a different word, adopted from the Welsh tal in some sense; but the latter is, according to Professor Rhŷs, merely a 16th-century borrowing of the English word (in Owen Pughe's Dictionary erroneously mixed up with the genuine Welsh word tal (“end, brow, forehead”), with which it has no possible connection.)"
- (UK) IPA(key): /tɔːl/
- (US) IPA(key): /tɔl/
- (cot–caught merger) IPA(key): /tɑl/
- Rhymes: -ɔːl
tall (comparative taller, superlative tallest)
- (of a person) Having a vertical extent greater than the average. For example, somebody with a height of over 6 feet would generally be considered to be tall.
- (of a building, etc.) Having its top a long way up; having a great vertical (and often greater than horizontal) extent; high.
- (of a story) Hard to believe, such as a tall story or a tall tale.
- (chiefly US, of a cup of coffee) A cup of coffee smaller than grande, usually 8 ounces.
- (obsolete) Obsequious; obedient.
- (obsolete) Seemly; suitable; fitting, becoming, comely; attractive, handsome.
- (obsolete) Bold; brave; courageous; valiant.
- (archaic) Fine; proper; admirable; great; excellent.
- (of a person): short
- (of a building): short, low, low-rise
tall (plural talls)
- (possibly nonstandard) Someone or something that is tall.
- tall at OneLook Dictionary Search
From Proto-Albanian *talna, related to Lithuanian tylù (“to become silent”), Old Irish tuilid (“to sleep”), Proto-Slavic *toliti (“to persuade, to make quiet”).
tall (first-person singular past tense talla, participle tallur)
- to laugh at
- to mock
- Hard mutation of dall.
From Latin talea.
- (Balearic, Central, Valencian) IPA(key): /ˈtaʎ/
- Rhymes: -aʎ
tall m (plural talls)
- “tall” in Diccionari català-valencià-balear, Antoni Maria Alcover and Francesc de Borja Moll, 1962.
tall (genitive talle, partitive talle)
Note: the short plural forms from illative onward are almost never used.
tall (genitive talli, partitive talli)
- horse stable
From Old Norse tal (“talk, speech, number”), from Proto-Germanic *talą (“number, speech”).
tall n (definite singular tallet, indefinite plural tall, definite plural talla or tallene)
- number, numeral, figure
- tal (Nynorsk)
- “tall” in The Bokmål Dictionary.
tall f (definite singular talla or talli, indefinite plural taller, definite plural tallene)
- form removed with the spelling reform of 2012; superseded by toll
- Irish: thall
- Scottish Gaelic: thall
- that (used after the noun, which is preceded by the definite article)
- IPA(key): /tal/
- pine, Scots pine tree, Pinus sylvestris
- fur (uncountable)
- falla som en fura