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Princeton's WordNet

  1. tattletale, tattler, taleteller, talebearer, telltale, blabbermouthadjective

    someone who gossips indiscreetly

  2. revealing, telling, telltale(a)adjective

    disclosing unintentionally

    "a telling smile"; "a telltale panel of lights"; "a telltale patch of oil on the water marked where the boat went down"


  1. telltalenoun

    One who divulges private information with intent to hurt others.

    Etymology: From Old English (circa 1550)

  2. telltalenoun

    Tattletale; squealer.

    Etymology: From Old English (circa 1550)

  3. telltalenoun

    Something that serves to reveal something else.

    The telltale was the lipstick on his shirt collar.

    Etymology: From Old English (circa 1550)

  4. telltalenoun

    A length of yarn or ribbon attached to a sail or shroud etc to indicate the direction of the flow of the air relative to the boat.

    Etymology: From Old English (circa 1550)

  5. telltaleadjective

    revealing something not intended to be known

    Etymology: From Old English (circa 1550)

Webster Dictionary

  1. Telltaleadjective

    telling tales; babbling

  2. Telltalenoun

    one who officiously communicates information of the private concerns of others; one who tells that which prudence should suppress

  3. Telltalenoun

    a movable piece of ivory, lead, or other material, connected with the bellows of an organ, that gives notice, by its position, when the wind is exhausted

  4. Telltalenoun

    a mechanical attachment to the steering wheel, which, in the absence of a tiller, shows the position of the helm

  5. Telltalenoun

    a compass in the cabin of a vessel, usually placed where the captain can see it at all hours, and thus inform himself of the vessel's course

  6. Telltalenoun

    a machine or contrivance for indicating or recording something, particularly for keeping a check upon employees, as factory hands, watchmen, drivers, check takers, and the like, by revealing to their employers what they have done or omitted

  7. Telltalenoun

    the tattler. See Tattler


  1. Telltale

    Telltale were a group of six musicians who regularly appeared on the first series of the British TV series Rainbow in 1972. Telltale began with Tim Thomas and Hugh Portnow who were working with the Freehold Theatre Company. In 1970, Tim concentrated on forming a group of musicians and actors, and Hugh joined him a year later. Hugh Fraser, Chris Ashley and Fluff Joinson joined later, with the final member Ted Richards joining the group in the summer of 1972. The three members of Portnow, Fraser and Thomas also wrote the theme tune to Rainbow. The group recorded a total of 14 songs for the show, including "Shapes", and "Walk in the country". The band feature on a vinyl LP album released by MFP in 1973 called Rainbow, which occasionally surfaces on sites such as eBay. After series two of the show, Telltale were replaced with singing trio Charmian, Karl and Julian in 1974. And that trio were then replaced with Rod, Jane and Matthew, the precursors to Rod, Jane and Roger and the more familiar Rod, Jane and Freddy.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Telltale in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Telltale in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of Telltale in a Sentence

  1. Andy Slavitt:

    That will be a telltale sign for them to say' Why am I on the fence any longer ? This has now been fully approved by the FDA,' and even though it's got a great record already, that will I think be another stamp of approval.

  2. Nadine Clair:

    It’s so scary to think that moms like me have been ‘photoshopping’ out that telltale sign of what can be such a devastating disease.

  3. Holly Phillips:

    This checklist of 10 reasons your internal thermostat is out of whack can help you get a handle on why you're chronically freezing your butt off. You're too thin Low body weight — defined as a BMI hovering around 18.5 or under — can chill you out for a couple of reasons. First, when you're underweight, you lack an adequate level of body fat to insulate you from cold temperatures, explained Maggie Moon, RD, a Los Angeles – based nutritionist. The other thing is, to maintain that low BMI, you have to reduce your food intake so you likely aren't eating very much at all. Skimping on calories puts the brakes on your metabolism, so you don't create enough body heat. Consider putting on a few pounds by loading up on whole, healthy foods that contain lots of protein, fat, and complex carbohydrates. RELATED : Subtle Signs of Eating Disorders Your Thyroid is out of whack Add cold intolerance to the long list of health issues you can blame on the butterfly-shaped gland in your neck. Always being cold is a telltale sign of hypothyroidism, which means Your Thyroid doesn't secrete enough thyroid hormone.

  4. Michael Ferrara:

    In other words, he had the telltale signs of a Ponzi scheme.

  5. John Mozeliak:

    You can personally Google Nolan and find him playing Wiffle Ball, and when big league players are playing Wiffle Ball, that just means they love the game, right? And so that’s a telltale. And then when I talk to other players about Nolan and what impresses them about him, they always came back to how hard he worked, desire to learn, high baseball IQ.

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  • reveladorCatalan, Valencian
  • sladrehank, røbende, afslørende, sladderhankDanish
  • Petze, enthüllend, Klatschbase, Petzer, verräterisch, Fadensonde, PetzerinGerman
  • grímpolaSpanish
  • paljastaja, virtauslanka, kantelupukki, ilmiantaja, näyttölaite, juorulanka, peräsinkulman osoitin, juorukello, paljastavaFinnish
  • révélateur, révélatriceFrench
  • rivelatore, mostravento, rivelatriceItalian
  • guraliv, denunțător, limbutRomanian
  • свидетельствующий, предательский, сплетник, указатель, ябеда, индикатор, намёк, доносчик, болтун, выдающийRussian
  • avslöjandeSwedish
  • muhbir, dedikoducu, sayaç, gösterge, belli eden, gösteren, gerçeği açığa vuran, ispiyoncuTurkish

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    having or resembling a stinger or barb
    • A. articulate
    • B. adscripted
    • C. aculeate
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