Origin of tellin

1895–1900; < New Latin Tellina name of the genus < Greek tellī́nē a shellfish Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for tellin

Historical Examples of tellin

  • If ever I get my chance at him, don't ye think I won't be tellin' him what he has lost, and what he has got?

    Her Father's Daughter

    Gene Stratton-Porter

  • I tell ye, he's no sardine; you kin see that without my tellin' ye.

    The Underdog

    F. Hopkinson Smith

  • Wal, Pete Willin' was tellin' me you'd just took up this note of Graham's?

    The Fortune Hunter

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • There's no tellin' what he can do till he gets a chance, do you see?

  • An' I've got Mr. Sid's rifle, an' Mr. Jack is tellin' of me how!

British Dictionary definitions for tellin


  1. any of various slim marine bivalve molluscs of the genus Tellina (or Macoma) that live in intertidal sand, esp the smooth oval delicately tinted T. tenuis

Word Origin for tellin

from New Latin tellina, from Greek tellinē a shellfish
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