noun tell·tale \ˈtel-ˌtāl\

Definition of TELLTALE

a :  talebearer, informer
b :  an outward sign :  indication
:  a device for indicating or recording something: as
a :  a wind-direction indicator often in the form of a ribbon
b :  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

  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>

First Known Use of TELLTALE

circa 1548
TELLTALE Defined for Kids


adjective tell·tale \ˈtel-ˌtāl\

Definition of TELLTALE for Kids

:  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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