telltale

noun tell·tale \ ˈtel-ˌtāl \

Definition of telltale

1 a : an outward sign : indication
2 : a device for indicating or recording something: such 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 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

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First Known Use of telltale

1548

in the meaning defined at sense 1b

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TELLTALE Defined for Kids

telltale

adjective tell·tale \ ˈtel-ˌtāl \

Definition of telltale for Students

: 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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