tallboy (plural tallboys)

  1. A tall chest of drawers, or combination of chest on chest, or chest with a small wardrobe on top. Usually with low bracket feet but always resulting in a tall piece of furniture.
  2. (US) A tall can of beer, either 16 ounces or one half litre.
  3. (nautical) A kind of sail, a spanker.
  4. A kind of long-stemmed wineglass or cup.
  5. A long sheet-metal pipe for a chimney top.



  1. (military, historical) An earthquake bomb developed for the British Armed Forces and deployed by the RAF during World War II.
    • 2009, Leo McKinstry, Lancaster: The Second World War's Greatest Bomber, unnumbered page ↗,
      The 12,000-pound ‘Tallboy’ was another creation from Barnes Wallis, who had long been privately working on the new generation of heavyweight, aerodynamic bombs. […] Reaching a terminal velocity or 3,700 feet per second, the Tallboy was capable of making a crater that would have taken 5,000 tons of earth to fill.
    • 2015, Sam Gooch, Group Captain John 'Joe' Collier DSO, DFC and Bar, unnumbered page ↗,
      Production of Tallboys was limited to one a day in Britain, and although thirty per week were being made in America, the convoys bringing them over could be held up by bad weather and the continuing (if decreasing) threat from U-boats.

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