how to pronounce telltale


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telltale is pronounced in two syllables

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An example use of telltale in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… is a really big telltale sign for me and …”

meanings of telltale


  1. A mechanical attachment to the steering wheel, which, in the absence of a tiller, shows the position of the helm.
  2. 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.
  3. A bird, the tattler.
  4. A story or fable that has a moral or message.
  5. Something that serves to reveal something else.
  6. 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.
  7. A machine or contrivance for indicating or recording something, particularly for keeping a check upon employees (factory hands, watchmen, drivers, etc.) by revealing to their employers what they have done or omitted.
  8. One who divulges private information with intent to hurt others.
  9. Tattletale; squealer.
  10. An indicator, such as a warning light, that serves to warn of a hazard or problem.
  11. A movable piece of ivory, lead, or other material, connected to the bellows of an organ, whose position indicates when the wind is exhausted.


  1. Revealing something, especially something not intended to be known.

telltale frequency in english - C2+ level of CEFR

the word telltale occurs in english on average 0.5 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2+ level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics telltale can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that telltale can be often used in the following areas:

1) communication, information, and media;

2) people, society, and culture;

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