telling

[ tel-ing ]
/ ˈtɛl ɪŋ /
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adjective

having force or effect; effective; striking: a telling blow.
revealing; indicative of much otherwise unnoticed: a telling analysis of motivation in business.

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Origin of telling

First recorded in 1850–55; tell1 + -ing2

OTHER WORDS FROM telling

tell·ing·ly, adverbun·tell·ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for telling

telling
/ (ˈtɛlɪŋ) /

adjective

having a marked effect or impacta telling blow
revealinga telling smile

Derived forms of telling

tellingly, adverb
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