[ US /ˈtɛɫˌteɪɫ/ ]
[ UK /tˈɛlte‍ɪl/ ]
ADJECTIVE
  1. disclosing unintentionally something concealed
    a telling smile
    a telltale patch of oil on the water marked where the boat went down
    a telltale panel of lights
NOUN
  1. someone who gossips indiscreetly
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How To Use telltale In A Sentence

  • Loss of bounciness, sudden blisters or recurring pain are also telltale signs.
  • Kristen Fennimore of New Egypt, N.J., counts herself among the than 35 million Americans plagued by seasonal allergic rhinitis — also known as hay fever, a condition characterized by sneezing, stuffiness, a runny nose and the telltale itchiness in the nose, roof of the mouth, throat, eyes or ears. The nose knows: Allergy season here with vengeance
  • Your current shoes may show the telltale signs of overpronation (too much inward rolling of the foot) or excessive supination (too much outward rolling), so bring them along for the salesperson to examine. Long May You Run
  • She looked thinner, the telltale sign of a recent illness evident in the dark circles under her eyes.
  • The telltale charts of my crescograph {FN8-2} are evidence for the most skeptical that plants have a sensitive nervous system and Autobiography of a Yogi
  • An early and telltale sign of the disease is a severe runny nose and often a custardlike discharge that eventually encrusts the afflicted animal's muzzle.
  • A new blood test could allow doctors to spot telltale signs of cancer long before it shows up as a tumour. Times, Sunday Times
  • Then he notes the telltale faint imprints of claws.
  • FAMILY doctors are failing to spot telltale signs of bowel cancer, a study has found. The Sun
  • Not long after eating marinated raw fish called seviche, Espinosa doubled over with the intense nausea and diarrhea that are the telltale symptoms of the disease. Cholera Stalks A Continent
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