sto·​ry·​tell·​er | \ˈstȯr-ē-ˌte-lər \

Definition of storyteller 

: a teller of stories: such as

a : a relater of anecdotes

b : a reciter of tales (as in a children's library)

c : liar, fibber

d : a writer of stories

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Other Words from storyteller

storytelling \ ˈstȯr-​ē-​ˌte-​liŋ \ noun

Synonyms for storyteller


fabricator, fibber, liar, prevaricator

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Examples of storyteller in a Sentence

he's something of a storyteller, so I wouldn't put too much stock in anything he says

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An easygoing man with a sharp sense of humor who was also an able storyteller, Mr. Gamber liked meeting with friends for a few drinks at Grand Cru in Belvedere Square. Frederick N. Rasmussen,, "Lawrence L. Gamber III, architectural draftsman, dies," 7 July 2018 Our storyteller was a doctor who, upon learning of his failing heart, became a census taker. Beth Kephart,, "Chicago author Jesse Ball's new novel is rooted in his love for his late brother," 12 Mar. 2018 There are reporters who just are more natural audio storytellers than others. Recode Staff, Recode, "The New York Times’ The Daily podcast host Michael Barbaro talks with Kara Swisher," 29 June 2018 The back story of Casa Olea is especially intriguing, not just because the innkeepers happen to be delightful storytellers. Sheryl Julian,, "From ruin to castle in rural Spain (and you can eat like royalty, too)," 23 May 2018 There are storytellers like Shonda Rhimes and Ava DuVernay–these women have forcefully carved out a space for our voice. Eben Shapiro, Time, "Pulitzer Prize-Winning Playwright Lynn Nottage on Her New Play, the Browning of America and Animal Rights," 17 May 2018 Children from the many Alaska Native groups around the state are often the storytellers here. Jenna Schnuer, Anchorage Daily News, "24 hours in Anchorage (give or take an hour or two)," 3 May 2018 Republicans sometimes aren't great storytellers, Newt. Fox News, "Rove, Gingrich, Baier and Hume pay tribute to Barbara Bush," 19 Apr. 2018 Come hear live stories from local and notable storytellers Tuesday, July 31 at The Transept., "Save on Cincinnati Storytellers Tickets," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of storyteller

1709, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of storyteller was in 1709

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English Language Learners Definition of storyteller

: someone who tells or writes stories

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