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- 1 English
- 2 Dutch
- 3 Norwegian Bokmål
- 4 West Frisian
- Having force, or having a marked effect; weighty, effective.
- a telling blow
- 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):
- Serving to convince.
- telling evidence
telling (plural tellings)
- The act of narration.
- The disclosure of information.
- (archaic) Counting, numbering.
- (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."
- Hyphenation: tel‧ling
- teljing (Nynorsk)
telling c (plural tellingen)
- “telling”, in Wurdboek fan de Fryske taal (in Dutch), 2011