What does telling mean?

Definitions for telling
ˈtɛl ɪŋtelling

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. relation, telling, recountingnoun

    an act of narration

    "he was the hero according to his own relation"; "his endless recounting of the incident eventually became unbearable"

  2. telling, apprisal, notificationnoun

    informing by words

  3. tattle, singing, tellingadjective

    disclosing information or giving evidence about another

  4. 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"

  5. cogent, telling, weightyadjective

    powerfully persuasive

    "a cogent argument"; "a telling presentation"; "a weighty argument"

  6. impressive, tellingadjective

    producing a strong effect

    "gave an impressive performance as Othello"; "a telling gesture"

Wiktionary

  1. tellingnoun

    The act of narration.

  2. tellingnoun

    The disclosure of information.

  3. tellingnoun

    Counting, numbering.

  4. tellingadjective

    having force

  5. tellingadjective

    revealing information

  6. tellingadjective

    serving to convince

Webster Dictionary

  1. Telling

    of Tell

  2. Tellingadjective

    operating with great effect; effective; as, a telling speech

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'telling' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2100

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'telling' in Written Corpus Frequency: #761

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of telling in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of telling in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of telling in a Sentence

  1. Anthony DeCarlis:

    Alvin Ailey's telling me that I'm such a good dancer, and it's kinda like,' Oh, well, maybe I'm good.'.

  2. Kareem Jackson:

    I’ve got a great relationship with Deshaun, i’ve been talking to him the last couple weeks, man. And like all he’s been telling me is like, look, Jack, just tell them, like that’s where I want to be… I want to be in Denver.

  3. Anuj Somany:

    The problem in telling honestly to the people as who is actually not a good person is that s/he ends up getting even more support of most of them often.

  4. David Sandberg:

    The story doesn't have to be all the details. But there should be nothing that would be considered a lie in retrospect, it could be a partial story. It could be less technical. But it has to be based in truth. Because once you go down the road of telling a non-truth, then it's very difficult to extricate yourself from that.

  5. Phil Robertson:

    When a fellow like me looks at the landscape and sees the depravity, the perversion -- redefining marriage and telling us that marriage is not between a man and a woman? Come on Iowa! it is nonsense. It is evil. It's wicked. It's sinful.

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