untell

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

un- +‎ tell

Verb[edit]

untell ‎(third-person singular simple present untells, present participle untelling, simple past and past participle untold)

  1. (transitive) To withdraw or retract (something told); never to have told.
    • 1607, Thomas Heywood, A Woman Killed with Kindness
      That Time could turn up his swift sandy glass, / To untell the days, and to redeem these hours.
    • 1993, Jack Selzer, Understanding scientific prose (page 54)
      Narrative untells itself by multiplying itself into discontinuous "turns" that cannot be resolved into a continuous story.
    • 1998, Diane DuBose Brunner, Between the masks: resisting the politics of essentialism (page 29)
      Trinh (1991) writes that untelling the stories of privilege and marginality is a form of displacement that takes a long time.
    • 2004, Patrick Bizzaro, More lights than one: on the fiction of Fred Chappell (page 103)
      And once his story was told, it was told; there was no way to untell it, no way to make himself look good.