tell·​tale | \ ˈtel-ˌtāl How to pronounce telltale (audio) \

Definition of telltale

1a : 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

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Other Words from telltale

telltale adjective

Examples of telltale in a Sentence

the media's professional telltales have basically decided that today's celebrities have no right to privacy the department telltale told the boss that his coworkers were taking extra long breaks

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That’s a telltale for the approach on the culinary business for me. Kristine M. Kierzek, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Chef trained in many kitchens before landing at I.d.," 15 May 2018 And nobody is closer to these telltales - and the people who fuel them - than Lisa Fair, Chico Lewis and Roger Lowe. Mark Naymik,, "Politicians need to take note of needles and ZIP codes in opioid crisis: Mark Naymik," 26 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of telltale

1548, in the meaning defined at sense 1b

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tell·​tale | \ ˈtel-ˌtāl How to pronounce telltale (audio) \

Kids Definition of telltale

: 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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