: producing a strong or important effect

: giving information about someone or something without intending to

Full Definition of TELLING

:  carrying great weight and producing a marked effect :  effective, expressive <the most telling evidence>
tell·ing·ly \-liŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of TELLING

  1. Her experience is a telling example of why the nation's educational system needs to be changed.
  2. The most telling moment in the case was when the victim took the stand.

First Known Use of TELLING


Rhymes with TELLING


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