To telltale is to be a sign or indicator of something. When you see a telltale sign, you know that there is a danger or problem present.

  • The telltale sign was the broken window.

  • The telltale signs were the bruises on her arm.

Definition of telltale


someone who gossips indiscreetly


blabbermouth, talebearer, taleteller, tattler, tattletale


disclosing unintentionally something concealed


revealing, telling

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Example Sentences for telltale

  • 1

    The CTC did not develop a set of telltale indicators for this method of attack.

  • 2

    All the telltale symptoms are here.

  • 3

    It's definitely got the telltale fingerprints on it.

  • 4

    That's a telltale sign of liquid water.

  • 5

    It's a telltale sign that the Earth indeed is flat.

  • 6

    The cone shaped nose is a telltale sign.

  • 7

    It carries all the telltale signs of self promotion.

  • 8

    I think that is a telltale sign that the 3 people are innocent.

  • 9

    In fact, lack of stress tolerance is a telltale sign of the disorder.

  • 10

    Excavation of dirt was from the rear, hiding telltale traces of the digging.