[stawr-ee-tel-ing, stohr-]


the telling or writing of stories.

Origin of storytelling

First recorded in 1700–10; story1 + telling Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for storytelling

Contemporary Examples of storytelling

Historical Examples of storytelling

  • John Lyly was ingenious; he combined good advice and storytelling.

    The Bibliotaph

    Leon H. Vincent

  • "Yes," struck in Mrs. Protherick, eager to have a share in the storytelling.

  • In the theatre, as in storytelling, he was not unready to work to bouts-rimés.

    Oscar Wilde

    Arthur Ransome

  • The forest passion for storytelling had in no way decreased.


    Nathaniel Wright Stephenson

  • This bar-room used to be famous for drinking and storytelling, and sometimes fighting, in old times.

    Elsie Venner

    Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

Word Origin and History for storytelling

1709, from story (n.1) + present participle of tell (v.). Related: Storyteller (1709).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper