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telltale

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noun tell·tale \ˈtel-ˌtāl\

Definition of telltale

  1. 1a :  talebearer, informerb :  an outward sign :  indication

  2. 2 :  a device for indicating or recording something: asa :  a wind-direction indicator often in the form of a ribbonb :  a strip of metal on the front wall of a racquets or squash court above which the ball must be hit

telltale adjective


Examples of telltale in a sentence

  1. <the media's professional telltales have basically decided that today's celebrities have no right to privacy>

  2. <the department telltale told the boss that his coworkers were taking extra long breaks>



Circa 1548

First Known Use of telltale

circa 1548


TELLTALE Defined for Kids

telltale

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adjective tell·tale \ˈtel-ˌtāl\

Definition of telltale for Students

  1. :  indicating or giving evidence of something <… she figured the telltale signs of crying would have disappeared by the time she got to her grandmother's house. — Kevin Henkes, Olive's Ocean>





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