tale

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See also: talé, Tale, and tåle

English[edit]

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English tale, from Old English talu (tale, series, calculation, list, statement, deposition, relation, communication, narrative, fable, story, accusation, action at law), from Proto-Germanic *talō (calculation, number), from Proto-Indo-European *del- (to reckon, count). Cognate with West Frisian taal (speech, language), Dutch taal (language, speech), German Zahl (number, figure), Danish tale (speech), Icelandic tala (speech, talk, discourse, number, figure), Latin dolus (guile, deceit, fraud), Ancient Greek δόλος (dólos, wile, bait), Albanian dalloj (to distinguish, tell), Kurdish til (finger), Old Armenian տող (toł, row). Related to tell, talk.

Noun[edit]

tale (plural tales)

  1. (obsolete) Number; tally; quota.
    • 1611, King James Version, Exodus 5:8:
      And the tale of the bricks, which they did make heretofore, ye shall lay upon them; ye shall not diminish ought thereof: for they be idle; therefore they cry, saying, Let us go and sacrifice to our God.
  2. (obsolete) Account; estimation; regard; heed.
  3. (obsolete) Speech; language.
  4. (obsolete) A speech; a statement; talk; conversation; discourse.
  5. (law, obsolete) A count; declaration.
  6. (rare or archaic) Numbering; enumeration; reckoning; account; count.
    • 1697, John Dryden, The Works of Virgil, Pastoral III:
      Both number twice a day the milky dams
      And once she takes the tale of all the lambs.
  7. (rare or archaic) A number of things considered as an aggregate; sum.
  8. (rare or archaic) A report of any matter; a relation; a version.
    • 1605, Francis Bacon, Of the Proficience and Advancement of Learning, Divine and Human, Volume I, Chapter IX:
      ... birds ... are aptest by their voice to tell tales what they find; and likewise by the motion of their flight to express the same.
  9. An account of an asserted fact or circumstance; a rumour; a report, especially an idle or malicious story; a piece of gossip or slander; a lie.
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 7, in The Mirror and the Lamp:
      “A very welcome, kind, useful present, that means to the parish. By the way, Hopkins, let this go no further. We don't want the tale running round that a rich person has arrived. Churchill, my dear fellow, we have such greedy sharks, and wolves in lamb's clothing. […]”
    Don't tell tales!
  10. A rehearsal of what has occurred; narrative; discourse; statement; history; story.
    the Canterbury Tales
    • 1631, John Milton, "L'Allegro":
      And every shepherd tells his tale
      Under the hawthorn in the dale.
  11. A number told or counted off; a reckoning by count; an enumeration.
    • 1594, Richard Hooker, Of the Lawes of Ecclesiastical Politie, Book I, Preface, §4:
      the ignorant, [] who measure by tale, and not by weight
    • 1602, Richard Carew, Survey of Cornwall
      In packing, they keep a just tale of the number that every hogshead containeth ...
    • 1843 Thomas Carlyle, Past and Present, book 2, ch. 5, Twelfth Century
      They proceeded with some rigour, these Custodiars; took written inventories, clapt-on seals, exacted everywhere strict tale and measure
  12. (slang) The fraudulent opportunity presented by a confidence man to the mark (sense 3.3) of a confidence game.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English talen, from Old English talian (to count, calculate, reckon, account, consider, think, esteem, value, argue, tell, relate, impute, assign), from Proto-Germanic *talōną (to count), from Proto-Indo-European *del- (to count, reckon, aim, calculate, adjust). Cognate with German zählen (to count, number, reckon), Swedish tala (to speak, talk), Icelandic tala (to talk).

Verb[edit]

tale (third-person singular simple present tales, present participle taling, simple past and past participle taled)

  1. (dialectal or obsolete) To speak; discourse; tell tales.
  2. (dialectal, chiefly Scotland) To reckon; consider (someone) to have something.
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Etymology 3[edit]

Noun[edit]

tale (plural tales)

  1. Alternative form of tael

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Afrikaans[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

tale

  1. plural of taal

Danish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Norse tala

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /taːlə/, [ˈtˢæːlə]

Noun[edit]

tale c (singular definite talen, plural indefinite taler)

  1. speech, talk, address, discourse

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Verb[edit]

tale (imperative tal, infinitive at tale, present tense taler, past tense talte, perfect tense har talt)

  1. To make a speech
  2. speak, talk

French[edit]

Verb[edit]

tale

  1. first-person singular present indicative of taler
  2. third-person singular present indicative of taler
  3. first-person singular present subjunctive of taler
  4. first-person singular present subjunctive of taler
  5. second-person singular imperative of taler

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Adverb[edit]

tale

  1. hence

Italian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin tālis.

Adjective[edit]

tale (masculine and feminine plural tali)

  1. such

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Kurdish[edit]

Noun[edit]

tale ?

  1. happiness

Latin[edit]

Adjective[edit]

tāle

  1. nominative neuter singular of tālis
  2. accusative neuter singular of tālis
  3. vocative neuter singular of tālis

Noun[edit]

tāle

  1. vocative singular of tālus

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Limburgish[edit]

Noun[edit]

tale f

  1. languages

Middle Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Dutch *tala, from Proto-Germanic *talō.

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Noun[edit]

tāle f

  1. spoken or written words, that which someone says
  2. language

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This noun needs an inflection-table template.

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Further reading[edit]

  • tale (I)”, in Vroegmiddelnederlands Woordenboek, 2000
  • tale (I)”, in Middelnederlandsch Woordenboek, 1929

Norwegian Bokmål[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Norse tala.

Noun[edit]

tale m (definite singular talen, indefinite plural taler, definite plural talene)

  1. speech, talk, address, discourse

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Verb[edit]

tale (imperative tal, present tense taler, passive tales, simple past talte, past participle talt, present participle talende)

  1. to make a speech
  2. to speak, talk

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Norwegian Nynorsk[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Norse tala

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tale m (definite singular talen, indefinite plural talar, definite plural talane)
tale f (definite singular tala, indefinite plural taler, definite plural talene)

  1. speech
  2. a speech, talk, discourse, an address

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Verb[edit]

tale (present tense talar or taler, past tense tala or talte, past participle tala or talt, passive infinitive talast, present participle talande, imperative tal)

  1. alternative form of tala

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Romanian[edit]

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Pronoun[edit]

tale

  1. feminine plural form of tău
    fiicele tale îmi spuneau despre casa voastră nouă
    your daughters were telling me about your new house.
  2. neuter plural form of tău

Spanish[edit]

Verb[edit]

tale

  1. Formal second-person singular (usted) imperative form of talar.
  2. First-person singular (yo) present subjunctive form of talar.
  3. Formal second-person singular (usted) present subjunctive form of talar.
  4. Third-person singular (él, ella, also used with usted?) present subjunctive form of talar.