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tall / tôl/ • adj. 1. of great or more than average height, esp. (with reference to an object) relative to width: a tall, broad-shouldered man | a tall glass of iced tea. ∎  (after a measurement and in questions) measuring a specified distance from top to bottom: he was over six feet tall how tall are you? ∎  [as adv.] used in reference to proud and confident movement or behavior: stop wishing that you were somehow different—start to walk tall! 2. inf. (of an account) fanciful and difficult to believe; unlikely: sometimes it's hard to tell a legend from a tall tale. PHRASES: a tall order an unreasonable or difficult demand.DERIVATIVES: tall·ish adj. tall·ness n.