Origin of telling
Synonyms for telling
verb (used with object), told, tell·ing.
verb (used without object), told, tell·ing.
- to separate from the whole and assign to a particular duty.
- Informal.to rebuke severely; scold: It was about time that someone told him off.
Origin of tell1
Synonyms for tell
Related Words for tellingsatisfying, striking, trenchant, powerful, forceful, devastating, convincing, cogent, decisive, conspicuous, sound, solid, operative, marked, considerable, crucial, effectual, forcible, important, impressive
Examples from the Web for telling
Contemporary Examples of telling
Have a look at this telling research from Pew on blasphemy and apostasy laws around the world.In Defense of Blasphemy
January 9, 2015
So she lies to the knight, telling him Madalena is sorry and wants him back.‘Galavant’: A Drunken, Horny Musical Fairy Tale
January 5, 2015
French President François Hollande is telling the French people they should “not lump them together.”France’s Wave of Crazy-Terror Christmas Attacks
December 24, 2014
Even before the shootings, New York policeman were telling the Mayor not to attend their funerals.GOP Won’t Forgive Rand for Cop Critique
December 23, 2014
Either way, guests seeking a holiday getaway there can also enjoy a tingle of telling truth to power by posting their own reviews.Inside the ‘Surprisingly Great’ North Korean Hacker Hotel
December 20, 2014
Historical Examples of telling
"And that would be all the same as telling Alcibiades himself," rejoined Milza.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
But I got him too straight—let a drunken man alone for telling the truth when he's got it in him.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
She made a half apology for not telling me that she was going to New York.Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus
Jessie Graham Flower
She saw her all the time while Connie was telling her the secret.Life and Death of Harriett Frean
And what I overheard in the armoury--about a telegram--telling me--putting me out of my misery?Viviette
William J. Locke
verb tells, telling or told
Word Origin for tell
Word Origin for tell
"mound, hill," 1864, from Arabic tall, related to Hebrew tel "mount, hill, heap."
Old English tellan "to reckon, calculate, consider, account," from Proto-Germanic *taljanan "to mention in order" (cf. Old Saxon tellian, Old Norse telja, Old Frisian tella "to count, tell," Dutch tellen "to count, reckon," Old Saxon talon "to count, reckon," Danish tale "to speak," Old High German zalon, German zählen "to count, reckon"), from root *talo (see tale). Meaning "to narrate, relate" is from c.1000; that of "to make known by speech or writing, announce" is from early 12c. Sense of "to reveal or disclose" is from c.1400; that of "to act as an informer, to 'peach' " is recorded from 1901. Meaning "to order (someone to do something)" is from 1590s. Original sense in teller and phrase to tell time. For sense evolution, cf. French conter "to count," raconter "to recount;" Italian contare, Spanish contar "to count, recount, narrate;" German zählen "to count," erzählen "to recount, narrate."
I tolde hyme so, & euer he seyde nay. [Thomas Hoccleve, "The Regiment of Princes," c.1412]
Telling "having effect or force" is from 1852.
In addition to the idioms beginning with tell
- tell apart
- tell a thing or two
- tell it like it is
- tell it to the Marines
- tell me
- tell off
- tell on
- tell someone where to get off
- tell tales
- tell time
- do tell
- kiss and tell
- show and tell
- something tells me
- there's no telling
- thing or two, tell a
- time will tell
- which is which, tell
- you never can tell
- you're telling me
Also see undertold.