tall

tall

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English

Etymology

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.)"

Pronunciation

  • (UK) IPA(key): /tɔːl/
  • (US) IPA(key): /tɔl/
  • (cotcaught merger) IPA(key): /tɑl/
  • Rhymes: -ɔːl

Adjective

tall (comparative taller, superlative tallest)

  1. (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.
  2. (of a building, etc.) Having its top a long way up; having a great vertical (and often greater than horizontal) extent; high.
  3. (of a story) Hard to believe, such as a tall story or a tall tale.
  4. (chiefly US, of a cup of coffee) A cup of coffee smaller than grande, usually 8 ounces.
  5. (obsolete) Obsequious; obedient.
  6. (obsolete) Seemly; suitable; fitting, becoming, comely; attractive, handsome.
  7. (obsolete) Bold; brave; courageous; valiant.
  8. (archaic) Fine; proper; admirable; great; excellent.

Antonyms

  • (of a person): short
  • (of a building): short, low, low-rise

Derived terms

Translations

Noun

tall (plural talls)

  1. (possibly nonstandard) Someone or something that is tall.

Albanian

Etymology

From Proto-Albanian *talna, related to Lithuanian tylù (to become silent), Old Irish tuilid (to sleep), Proto-Slavic *toliti (to persuade, to make quiet).

Verb

tall (first-person singular past tense talla, participle tallur)

  1. to laugh at
  2. to mock

References


Breton

Adjective

tall

  1. Hard mutation of dall.

Catalan

Etymology

From Latin talea.

Pronunciation

  • (Balearic, Central, Valencian) IPA(key): /ˈtaʎ/
  • Rhymes: -aʎ

Noun

tall m (plural talls)

  1. cut

Estonian

Noun

tall (genitive talle, partitive talle)

  1. lamb

Declension

This noun needs an inflection-table template.


Norwegian Bokmål

Etymology

From Old Norse tal.

Noun

tall n (definite singular tallet, indefinite plural tall, definite plural talla or tallene)

  1. number, numeral, figure

Derived terms

See also

  • tal (Nynorsk)

References

  • “tall” in The Bokmål Dictionary.

Old Irish

Adverb

tall

  1. there
  2. then

Descendants

  • Irish: thall
  • Scottish Gaelic: thall

Determiner

tall

  1. that (used after the noun, which is preceded by the definite article)

Synonyms

  • sin

Swedish

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /tal/

Noun

tall c

  1. pine, Scots pine tree, Pinus sylvestris

Declension

Synonyms

  • fura
  • fur (uncountable)

Related terms

  • tallkotte
  • tallväxter

See also

  • barrväxter
  • furu
  • furutimmer
  • furuträ
  • falla som en fura

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