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  1. having force or effect; effective; striking: a telling blow.
  2. 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
Related formstell·ing·ly, adverbun·tell·ing, adjective


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1. powerful, forceful, potent, weighty.
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Examples from the Web for untelling

Historical Examples

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

    The Shepherd's Calendar

    James Hogg

British Dictionary definitions for untelling


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