Complete Definition of "telltale"

English

Etymology
From old English (circa 1550)

Noun
en-noun

  1. one who divulges private information with intent to hurt others
  2. tattletale; squealer (U.S. slang)
  3. something that serves to reveal something else

#:The telltale was the lipstick on her shirt collar.

  1. nautical a length of yarn or ribbon attached to a sail or shroud etc to indicate the direction of the flow of the air relative to the boat

Translations
trans-top|one who divulges private information
Finnish: juorukello, ilmiantaja
trans-bottom

trans-top|(nautical) yarn attached to a sail etc
Finnish: virtauslanka
trans-bottom

Adjective
en-adj

  1. revealing something not intended to be known

#:His eye was blinking, a telltale signal that he was lying.
#:He blushed when he approached, a telltale sign that he was happy to see him.

Translations

Finnish: paljastava

Derived terms
telltale compass

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