AskDefine | Define telling

Dictionary Definition

telling adj
1 disclosing unintentionally; "a telling smile"; "a telltale panel of lights"; "a telltale patch of oil on the water marked where the boat went down" [syn: revealing, telltale(a)]
2 powerfully persuasive; "a cogent argument"; "a telling presentation"; "a weighty argument" [syn: cogent, weighty]
3 producing a strong effect; "gave an impressive performance as Othello"; "a telling gesture" [syn: impressive]

Noun

1 an act of narration; "he was the hero according to his own relation"; "his endless recounting of the incident eventually became unbearable" [syn: relation, recounting]
2 informing by words [syn: apprisal, notification]
3 disclosing information or giving evidence about another [syn: tattle, singing]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Pronunciation

Verb

telling
  1. present participle of tell

Noun

  1. The act of narration
  2. The disclosure of information

Dutch

Etymology

tellen + -ing

Derived terms

Extensive Definition

Teller may refer to:
Teller is also the name of some places in the United States of America:
Teller is also the name of several people:
Teller is also the name of a company:
  • Teller AS is Norways largest acquirer of international card transactions and the largest supplier of services to Norwegian card issuers.
telling in German: Teller (Begriffsklärung)
telling in French: Teller
telling in Dutch: Teller

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