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[teyl-tel-er] /ˈteɪlˌtɛl ər/
a telltale; talebearer.
a person who tells falsehoods.
a person who tells tales or stories; narrator.
Origin of taleteller
Middle English word dating back to 1350-1400; See origin at tale, teller
Related forms
taletelling, adjective, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • I knew him to be the confidential servant of the old gentleman, but had not before suspected him of tale-telling.

    The Seven Secrets William Le Queux
  • If I succeed in this, my tale-telling shall not have been in vain.

    Red Cap Tales Samuel Rutherford Crockett
  • Were the boys afraid of her 'tale-telling,' as they called it?

    Miss Mouse and Her Boys Mrs. Molesworth
  • Oli was in fine form for tale-telling, and his pipe often went out.

    The Gypsy's Parson George Hall
  • Simontault begins, and the system of tale-telling goes round on the usual plan of each speaker naming him or her who shall follow.

  • So that was all the comfort they got for their tale-telling.

    Tales of Our Coast S. R. Crockett
  • But there are earlier touches of that life which makes all literature, and tale-telling most of all.

  • Guido seemed amused at my astonishment, for he laughed a little while softly to himself, and then went on with his tale-telling.

    The God of Love Justin Huntly McCarthy
  • Do you mean that you will make her marry that lying, sneaking, tale-telling cub, Allan Reid?

    Playing With Fire Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
  • It is "a grand set off" (in the old phrase) to tale-telling; but it is not precisely of its essence.

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