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Definitions of telltale

  1. someone who gossips indiscreetly Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. disclosing unintentionally; "a telling smile"; "a telltale panel of lights"; "a telltale patch of oil on the water marked where the boat went down" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. A thing that serves to disclose something or give information; a hint or indication. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. An arrangement consisting of long strips, as of rope, wire, or leather, hanging from a bar over railroad tracks, in such a position as to warn freight brakemen of their approach to a low overhead bridge. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. Telling tales; babbling. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. One who officiously communicates information of the private concerns of others; one who tells that which prudence should suppress. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. A movable piece of ivory, lead, or other material, connected with the bellows of an organ, that gives notice, by its position, when the wind is exhausted. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. A mechanical attachment to the steering wheel, which, in the absence of a tiller, shows the position of the helm. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. A compass in the cabin of a vessel, usually placed where the captain can see it at all hours, and thus inform himself of the vessel's course. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. A machine or contrivance for indicating or recording something, particularly for keeping a check upon employees, as factory hands, watchmen, drivers, check takers, and the like, by revealing to their employers what they have done or omitted. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. The tattler. See Tattler. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. A talebearer; an informer; one who betrays secrets; anything that gives information. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  13. Giving information of what should be kept secret. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  14. An indicator. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  15. Tattling; betraying. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  16. A tattler. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  17. One who tells about another\'s private affairs, tattler; (fig.) thing, circumstance, that reveals person\'s thoughts, conduct, &c., esp. attrib., as t. blushes, face, the t. clay on his shoes; kinds of mechanical device for recording person\'s attendance at specified time &c., giving warning that cistern is full, &c.; (Naut.) index near wheel to show position of tiller, (also t. compass) compass hung usu. in captain\'s cabin for checking ship\'s course. Concise Oxford Dictionary

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