- a person who heedlessly or maliciously reveals private or confidential matters; tattler; talebearer.
- a thing serving to reveal or disclose something.
- any of various indicating or registering devices, as a time clock.
- Music. a gauge on an organ for indicating the air pressure.
- an indicator showing the position of a ship's rudder.
- a row of strips hung over a track to warn train crew members on freight trains that a low bridge, tunnel, or the like is approaching.
- Yachting. (on a sailboat) a feather, string, or similar device, often attached to the port and starboard shrouds and to the backstay, to indicate the relative direction of the wind.
- Squash. a narrow piece of metal across the front wall of a court, parallel to and extending 17 inches (43.2 cm) above the base: a ball striking this is an out.
- that reveals or betrays what is not intended to be known: a telltale blush.
- giving notice or warning of something, as a mechanical device.
Origin of telltale
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Examples from the Web for telltale
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Letty nodded without looking at him; there was a telltale quivering in her face.Tiverton Tales
He had stolen the telltale agreement too and now held all the cards—all of them.The Vagrant Duke
He had found the trail again, a telltale footprint with the patched sole.The Plunderer
Had he been looking at her he would have seen the telltale color tide her cheeks.The Highgrader
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At this point, the wide, old boards of the floor gave a telltale snap.The Rich Little Poor Boy
- a person who tells tales about others
- an outward indication of something concealed
- (as modifier)a telltale paw mark
- any of various indicators or recording devices used to monitor a process, machine, etc
- another word for dogvane
- one of a pair of light vanes mounted on the main shrouds of a sailing boat to indicate the apparent direction of the wind
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Word Origin and History for telltale
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