tall

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English tall, talle, tal (seemly, becoming, excellent, good, valiant, bold, great), from Old English *tæl, ġetæl (swift, ready, having mastery of), from Proto-Germanic *talaz (submissive, pliable), 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).

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tall (comparative taller, superlative tallest)

  1. (obsolete) Obsequious; obedient.
  2. (obsolete) Seemly; suitable; fitting, becoming, comely; attractive, handsome.
  3. (obsolete) Bold; brave; courageous; valiant.
  4. (archaic) Fine; proper; admirable; great; excellent.
  5. (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.
    Being tall is an advantage in basketball.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 5, The Celebrity:
      Then came a maid with hand-bag and shawls, and after her a tall young lady. She stood for a moment holding her skirt above the grimy steps, [] , and the light of the reflector fell full upon her.
  6. (of a building, etc.) Having its top a long way up; having a great vertical (and often greater than horizontal) extent; high.
  7. (of a story) Hard to believe, such as a tall story or a tall tale.
  8. (chiefly US, of a cup of coffee) A cup of coffee smaller than grande, usually 8 ounces.

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Albanian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Albanian *talna, related to Lithuanian tylù (to become silent), Old Irish tuilid (to sleep), Slavic *toliti 'to persuade, to make quiet'[1].

Verb[edit]

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

  1. to laugh at
  2. to mock

References[edit]

  1. ^ A Concise Historical Grammar of the Albanian Language, V.Orel, Koninklijke Brill ,Leiden 2000, p.448

Catalan[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Latin talea

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Noun[edit]

tall m (plural talls)

  1. cut

Estonian[edit]

Noun[edit]

tall (genitive talle, partitive talle)

  1. lamb

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Norwegian Bokmål[edit]

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Wikipedia no

Etymology[edit]

From Old Norse tal

Noun[edit]

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

  1. number, numeral

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  • tal (Nynorsk)

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Old Irish[edit]

Adverb[edit]

tall

  1. there
    Is bec ndi dechur fil etarru siu ⁊ tall. – "There is little difference between them here and there."
  2. then
    amal du·ratsat sacaird tall bendachta forsin popul – "as the priests had blessed the people then"

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tall

  1. that (used after the noun, which is preceded by the definite article)
    a tadall tall – "that visit"

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Swedish[edit]

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tall c

  1. pine, Scots pine tree, Pinus sylvestris

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