[syn: improbable, marvelous, marvellous, tall(a)]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Tall \Tall\, a. [Compar. Taller; superl. Tallest.] [OE. tal
seemly, elegant, docile (?); of uncertain origin; cf. AS.
un-tala, un-tale, bad, Goth. untals indocile, disobedient,
uninstructed, or W. & Corn. tal high, Ir. talla meet, fit,
1. High in stature; having a considerable, or an unusual,
extension upward; long and comparatively slender; having
the diameter or lateral extent small in proportion to the
height; as, a tall person, tree, or mast.
Two of far nobler shape, erect and tall. --Milton.
2. Brave; bold; courageous. [Obs.]
As tall a trencherman
As e'er demolished a pye fortification. --Massinger.
His companions, being almost in despair of victory,
were suddenly recomforted by Sir William Stanley,
which came to succors with three thousand tall men.
3. Fine; splendid; excellent; also, extravagant; excessive.
[Obs. or Slang] --B. Jonson.
Syn: High; lofty.
Usage: Tall, High, Lofty. High is the generic term, and
is applied to anything which is elevated or raised
above another thing. Tall specifically describes that
which has a small diameter in proportion to its
height; hence, we speak of a tall man, a tall steeple,
a tall mast, etc., but not of a tall hill. Lofty has a
special reference to the expanse above us, and denotes
an imposing height; as, a lofty mountain; a lofty
room. Tall is now properly applied only to physical
objects; high and lofty have a moral acceptation; as,
high thought, purpose, etc.; lofty aspirations; a
lofty genius. Lofty is the stronger word, and is
usually coupled with the grand or admirable.
[1913 Webster] Tallage
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: great in vertical dimension; high in stature; "tall
people"; "tall buildings"; "tall trees"; "tall ships"
[ant: little, short]
2: lofty in style; "he engages in so much tall talk, one never
really realizes what he is saying" [syn: grandiloquent,
3: impressively difficult; "a tall order"
4: too improbable to admit of belief; "a tall story" [syn:
improbable, marvelous, marvellous, tall(a)]
n 1: a garment size for a tall person
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
141 Moby Thesaurus words for "tall":
Gongoresque, Johnsonian, a bit thick, a bit thin, a mile long,
absurd, affected, altitudinous, bedizened, beyond belief, big,
big-sounding, bombastic, bumper, colossal, considerable,
convoluted, declamatory, doubtable, doubtful, dubious, dubitable,
elevated, euphuistic, exaggerated, extensive, extravagant,
far-flung, far-reaching, fargoing, flamboyant, flaming, flashy,
flaunting, fulsome, gangling, gangly, garish, gassy, gaudy, giant,
gigantic, goodly, grand, grandiloquent, grandiose, grandisonant,
great, hard of belief, hard to believe, healthy, high,
high-flowing, high-flown, high-flying, high-reaching,
high-sounding, high-swelling, highfalutin, highfaluting, huge,
implausible, improbable, inconceivable, incredible, inflated,
inkhorn, interminable, labyrinthine, lank, lanky, large,
large-scale, leggy, lengthy, lexiphanic, lofty, long, long-legged,
longish, longsome, lurid, magniloquent, man-sized, meretricious,
no end of, not deserving belief, numerous, open to doubt,
open to suspicion, orotund, ostentatious, outrageous, overblown,
overdone, overelaborate, overinvolved, overwrought, passing belief,
pedantic, pompous, preposterous, pretentious, problematic,
questionable, rangy, rhetorical, ridiculous, sensational,
sensationalistic, sententious, sesquipedal, sesquipedalian, showy,
sizable, sky-high, skyscraping, soaring, sonorous,
staggering belief, statuesque, steep, stilted, substantial,
suspect, suspicious, swollen, thick, thin, tidy, tortuous,
towering, unbelievable, unconvincing, unearthly, ungodly,
unimaginable, unthinkable, unworthy of belief, windy,
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015):
TAC List Language.
["TALL - A List Processor for the Philco 2000", J. Feldman,
CACM 5(9):484-485 (Sep 1962)].