|1.||[ adjective ] disclosing unintentionally|
"a telling smile" "a telltale panel of lights" "a telltale patch of oil on the water marked where the boat went down"
|2.||[ noun ] informing by words|
|Synonyms:||notifying notification apprisal|
|Related terms:||informing notice pink_slip advise|
|3.||[ adjective ] producing a strong effect|
"gave an impressive performance as Othello" "a telling gesture"
|4.||[ adjective ] powerfully persuasive|
"a cogent argument" "a telling presentation" "a weighty argument"
|5.||[ noun ] an act of narration|
"he was the hero according to his own relation" "his endless recounting of the incident eventually became unbearable"
|Related terms:||narration tell|
|6.||[ noun ] disclosing information or giving evidence about another|
|Related terms:||disclosure tell|