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

Origin of telling

First recorded in 1850–55; tell1 + -ing2
Related formstell·ing·ly, adverbun·tell·ing, adjective

Synonyms for telling Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for untelling

Historical Examples of untelling

  • There was first Murray of Glenrath; why, it was untelling what land that man possessed.

British Dictionary definitions for untelling



having a marked effect or impacta telling blow
revealinga telling smile
Derived Formstellingly, adverb
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