Adjective "telltale" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Revealing, indicating, or betraying something.
  1. 'Then he notes the telltale faint imprints of claws.'
  2. 'Soon after uttering the last word, the telltale, music-ruining shatter of glass could be heard.'
  3. 'It uses a diagram of a baby to show where the telltale signs of meningitis materialise.'
  4. 'The telltale signs will always peer through at the experts who will be examining the handwriting.'
  5. 'There were, though, telltale signs of things to come.'
  6. 'His feet are swollen and his skin cracked, both telltale signs of malnutrition.'
  7. 'While large cash transfers can occasionally tip off authorities to drug activity, terrorists leave few telltale financial signs.'
  8. 'Most people who lose weight from only dieting develop telltale signs of this, by having a lot of loose skin, as opposed to the well-toned, firm body of someone who is eating correctly and exercising.'
  9. 'For example, an experienced ticket checker would have unconsciously learnt to look for telltale signs to correctly identify a ticketless traveller.'
  10. 'Bark stripping is normally the telltale sign of this little rodent.'


A person, especially a child, who reports others' wrongdoings or reveals their secrets.
  1. 'I guess being pirates we don't like telltales.'
A device or object that automatically gives a visual indication of the state or presence of something.
  1. 'Additional reinforcement was provided by a pair of 1/2-inch diameter, black iron pipes which were used as telltales.'


1. a person who heedlessly or maliciously reveals private or confidential matters; tattler; talebearer.

2. a thing serving to reveal or disclose something.

3. any of various indicating or registering devices, as a time clock.

4. Music. a gauge on an organ for indicating the air pressure.

5. an indicator showing the position of a ship's rudder.

6. a row of strips hung over a track to warn train crew members on freight trains that a low bridge, tunnel, or the like is approaching.

7. Ya

More examples(as adjective)

"signs can be telltale."

"wrinkles can be telltale."

"traces can be telltale."

"symptoms can be telltale."

"rates can be telltale."

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