What does tall tale mean?

Definitions for tall tale

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. tall tale(noun)

    an improbable (unusual or incredible or fanciful) story


  1. tall tale(Noun)

    A greatly exaggerated, fantastic story.


  1. Tall tale

    A tall tale is a story with unbelievable elements, related as if it were true and factual. Some such stories are exaggerations of actual events, for example fish stories such as, "that fish was so big, why I tell ya', it nearly sank the boat when I pulled it in!" Other tall tales are completely fictional tales set in a familiar setting, such as the European countryside, the American frontier, the Canadian Northwest, or the beginning of the Industrial Revolution. Tall tales are often told so as to make the narrator seem to have been a part of the story. They are usually humorous or good-natured. The line between legends and tall tales is distinguished primarily by age; many legends exaggerate the exploits of their heroes, but in tall tales the exaggeration looms large, to the extent of becoming the whole of the story.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of tall tale in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of tall tale in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Marshall Trimble:

    Someone keeps swearing to me that in Arizona it's illegal to have sex with a rodeo clown in an elevator on Tuesdays, it's a tall tale of course, but they're told as truth.

  2. William Shakespeare, Macbeth, Act V, Scene V (MacBeth):

    Life is but a walking Shadow, a poor Player That struts and frets his Hour upon the Stage, And then is heard no more; It is a tall Tale, Told by an Idiot, full of Sound and Fury, Signifying nothing."

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