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

ChatGPT

  1. telling

    Telling refers to the act of conveying information, expressing thoughts or opinions, or recounting an event, story, or idea to someone else. It involves communicating facts, details, or experiences to others in a clear and understandable manner. Telling can be done verbally, through spoken words, or non-verbally, through gestures, facial expressions, or written messages. It is a fundamental element of human communication and is essential for sharing knowledge, narratives, and personal experiences.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Telling

    of Tell

  2. Tellingadjective

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

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. TELLING

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Telling is ranked #82908 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Telling surname appeared 227 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Telling.

    95.1% or 216 total occurrences were White.
    3% or 7 total occurrences were of two or more races.

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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. Calijah Kancey:

    I called it out before anybody seen it, i was telling him he's the best quarterback in the nation. There were times Kenny played at an elite level in practice and I'm like, ‘He's going to be a great quarterback.'.

  2. H.L. Mencken:

    It is hard to believe that a man is telling the truth when you know that you would lie if you were in his place.

  3. Anthony Fauci:

    We're telling people [ two shots ] is what Anthony Fauci should do... and then we say,' Oops, we changed our mind' ? i think that would be a messaging challenge, to say the least.

  4. Donald Trump:

    You know, if he becomes the nominee, he'll have to sort of hone his criticisms a little more finely because the facts will be easy to marshal, but you know, he's good at this, that's what he does. And the people that he is telling it to now basically have only heard that story, so they believe it and it's probably good politics for him.

  5. Brad Wilkins:

    We're optimizing their training, not telling them how to train -- they've got great coaches to be able to do that -- but we're tracking their training and, being able to take that information, predicting how they're responding to that training.

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