Definition of Tall tale

1. Noun. An improbable (unusual or incredible or fanciful) story.

Generic synonyms: Narration, Narrative, Story, Tale

Definition of Tall tale

1. Noun. (idiomatic) A greatly exaggerated, fantastic story. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Tall Tale

tall gallberry holly
tall goldenrod
tall in the saddle
tall mallow
tall man
tall men
tall oil
tall order
tall poppy
tall poppy syndrome
tall ship
tall story
tall sunflower
tall tale (current term)
tall white violet
tall yellow-eye

Literary usage of Tall tale

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. My State by Professor Steven Schneider, Evan-Moor Educational Publishers, Steven Schneider, Gary L Shipman, Evan-Moor Corporation (1996)
"A tall tale may be a total fantasy with a few real elements such as the setting. ... Paul Bunyan is a tall tale of a mighty logger in the South Dakota ..."

2. Read and Understand by Jill Norris (2000)
"Then part of the truth is exaggerated and the story becomes a tall tale. ... On another sheet of paper, write a tall tale about your character. ..."

3. Literature Pockets, Tall Tales Grades 4-6 by Evan-Moor Educational Publishers, Jo Ellen Moore, Jill Norris, Tekla White, Karen Hall (2002)
"Write an Original tall tale Note: Have students complete this activity and the forms on pages 93 and 94 to create a pocket that contains their own tall tale ..."

4. Readers' Theater, Grade 1 by Evan-Moor Educational Publishers, Evan-Moor (DST), Martha Cheney, Jill Norris, Marilee Harrald-Pilz (2003)
"s tall tale te//s some of the heroics of a New York City firefighter who was so brave that he became legendary. Setting the Stage Background Explain to ..."

5. Readers' Theater, Grade 2 by Evan-Moor Educational Publishers, Evan-Moor (DST), Ginny Hall, Don Robison (2003)
"Setting the Stage Background A Nebraska lumberman named Wayne Carroll created the tall tale character ... stories are characteristic of the tall tale genre. ..."

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