Origin of tales
Definition for tales (2 of 2)
Origin of tale
Examples from the Web for tales
He was a magician, an invisible teller of tales with the power to make my sides ache without telling a single joke.
Throughout her career, tales of wild behavior, random sexual encounters and copious drug use have orbited her waifish figure.Sex, Drugs, and Kate Moss: Secrets of a Wild Supermodel|Tom Sykes|October 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Tales still swirl about the strange forest ruins and mysterious happenings that have occurred around Gedi.Kenya Has Its Own Machu Picchu—the Lost Town of Gedi|Nina Strochlic|September 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Many students have written to Deresiewicz with tales of similar high-achievement/low-meaning experiences.
“I love Americans I just hate your government,” he said before regaling me with tales of family visits to the United States.
If he had written some of the tales he told, and had sold the writing for many dollars, he would have been famous.The Happy Family|Bertha Muzzy Bower
This new intellectual movement was at first purely literary, and affected merely the manner of writing novels, tales, and poems.Russia|Donald Mackenzie Wallace
Of course Aino tales, like other tales, may also be treated from a literary point of view.Aino Folk-Tales|Basil Hall Chamberlain
It is significant that there is not a trace of Mariolatry in these tales and fables.Rumanian Bird and Beast Stories|Anonymous
The important rôle played by the last in tales of the North of Europe has its counterpart in those of the South.Italian Popular Tales|Thomas Frederick Crane
British Dictionary definitions for tales (1 of 2)
Word Origin for tales
British Dictionary definitions for tales (2 of 2)
- a malicious or meddlesome rumour or piece of gossipto bear tales against someone
- (in combination)talebearer; taleteller
- to tell fanciful lies
- to report malicious stories, trivial complaints, etc, esp to someone in authority
- a number; amount
- computation or enumeration
Word Origin for tale
Word Origin and History for tales
Old English talu "story, tale, the action of telling," from Proto-Germanic *talo (cf. Dutch taal "speech, language"), from PIE root *del- "to recount, count." The secondary English sense of "number, numerical reckoning" (c.1200) probably was the primary one in Germanic; cf. teller (see tell) and Old Frisian tale, Middle Dutch tal "number," Old Saxon tala "number," Old High German zala, German Zahl "number."
The ground sense of the Modern English word in its main meaning, then, might have been "an account of things in their due order." Related to talk and tell. Meaning "things divulged that were given secretly, gossip" is from mid-14c.; first record of talebearer "tattletale" is late 15c.
Idioms and Phrases with tales
see old wives' tale; tall tale; tell tales; thereby hangs a tale.