telltale (plural telltales)
- One who divulges private information with intent to hurt others.
- Synonyms: blabbermouth, gossip, rumormonger, talebearer, Thesaurus:gossiper
- 1596-97, William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice, Act V, Scene i:
- No note at all of our being absence hence;
- Nor you, Lorenzo; Jessica, nor you.
- Your husband is at hand; I hear his trumpet:
- We are not tell-tales, madam; fear you not.
- (chiefly, US, slang) Tattletale; squealer.
- (figuratively) Something that serves to reveal something else.
- The telltale was the lipstick on his shirt collar.
- It supplies many useful links and telltales.
- (music) A movable piece of ivory, lead, or other material, connected to the bellows of an organ, whose position indicates when the wind is exhausted.
- (nautical) A length of yarn or ribbon attached to a sail or shroud etc to indicate the direction of the flow of the air relative to the boat.
- (nautical) A mechanical attachment to the steering wheel, which, in the absence of a tiller, shows the position of the helm.
- (nautical) A compass in the cabin of a vessel, usually placed where the captain can see it at all hours, and thus inform himself of the vessel's course.
- (engineering) A machine or contrivance for indicating or recording something, particularly for keeping a check upon employees (factory hands, watchmen, drivers, etc.) by revealing to their employers what they have done or omitted.
- A bird, the tattler.
- tell tales
- German: Petzer, Petze, Petzerin (female)
- Portuguese: fofoqueiro
- Russian: болту́н
- Spanish: correveidile, gacetilla
- Russian: я́беда
- Spanish: soplón, soplona
- German: Fadensonde
- Italian: mostravento
- Spanish: grímpola
- German: Kontrolleinrichtung
- Russian: индика́тор
- Revealing something, especially something not intended to be known.
- His eye was blinking, a telltale signal that he was lying.
- He blushed when he approached, a telltale sign that he was happy to see him.
- French: révélateur, révélatrice
- German: verräterisch, enthüllend
- Italian: rivelatore, rivelatrice
- Russian: выдающий
- Spanish: delator