telling

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English[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈtɛlɪŋ/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɛlɪŋ

Etymology 1[edit]

Verb[edit]

telling

  1. present participle of tell

Adjective[edit]

telling (comparative more telling, superlative most telling)

  1. Having force, or having a marked effect; weighty, effective.
    a telling blow
  2. Revealing information; bearing significance.
    a telling smile
    • 2014 October 21, Oliver Brown, “Oscar Pistorius jailed for five years – sport afforded no protection against his tragic fallibilities: Bladerunner's punishment for killing Reeva Steenkamp is but a frippery when set against the burden that her bereft parents, June and Barry, must carry [print version: No room for sentimentality in this tragedy, 13 September 2014, p. S22]”, in The Daily Telegraph (Sport)[1]:
      But ever since the concept of "hamartia" recurred through Aristotle's Poetics, in an attempt to describe man's ingrained iniquity, our impulse has been to identify a telling defect in those brought suddenly and dramatically low.
  3. Serving to convince.
    telling evidence

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Etymology 2[edit]

Gerund from the verb tell, from tell +‎ -ing.

Noun[edit]

telling (plural tellings)

  1. The act of narration.
  2. The disclosure of information.
  3. (archaic) Counting, numbering.
  4. (usually in the negative) Ability to determine.
    • 1922, Chisholm, A[rthur] M[urray], A Thousand a Plate:
      "One white man." said Bill, after a brief inspection. "Out on his line, I s'pose, and there's no tellin' when he'll be back. So we won't wait. We'll just serve notice on him."

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Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From tellen +‎ -ing.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: tel‧ling

Noun[edit]

telling f (plural tellingen, diminutive tellinkje n)

  1. counting, count

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Norwegian Bokmål[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From telle +‎ -ing.

Noun[edit]

telling f or m (definite singular tellinga or tellingen, indefinite plural tellinger, definite plural tellingene)

  1. counting, a count (act of counting)

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West Frisian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From telle +‎ -ing.

Noun[edit]

telling c (plural tellingen)

  1. counting, count

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Further reading[edit]

  • telling”, in Wurdboek fan de Fryske taal (in Dutch), 2011