Synonyms of telling


1. relation, telling, recounting, narration, recital, yarn

usage: an act of narration; "he was the hero according to his own relation"; "his endless recounting of the incident eventually became unbearable"

2. telling, apprisal, notification, informing, making known

usage: informing by words

3. tattle, singing, telling, disclosure, revelation, revealing

usage: disclosing information or giving evidence about another


1. state, say, tell, express, verbalize, verbalise, utter, give tongue to

usage: express in words; "He said that he wanted to marry her"; "tell me what is bothering you"; "state your opinion"; "state your name"

2. tell, inform

usage: let something be known; "Tell them that you will be late"

3. tell, narrate, recount, recite, inform

usage: narrate or give a detailed account of; "Tell what happened"; "The father told a story to his child"

4. order, tell, enjoin, say, request

usage: give instructions to or direct somebody to do something with authority; "I said to him to go home"; "She ordered him to do the shopping"; "The mother told the child to get dressed"

5. tell, guess, infer

usage: discern or comprehend; "He could tell that she was unhappy"

6. assure, tell, affirm, verify, assert, avow, aver, swan, swear

usage: inform positively and with certainty and confidence; "I tell you that man is a crook!"

7. tell, evidence, inform

usage: give evidence; "he was telling on all his former colleague"

8. distinguish, separate, differentiate, secern, secernate, severalize, severalise, tell, tell apart, identify, place

usage: mark as different; "We distinguish several kinds of maple"


1. revealing, telling, telltale(prenominal), informative (vs. uninformative), informatory

usage: disclosing unintentionally; "a telling smile"; "a telltale panel of lights"; "a telltale patch of oil on the water marked where the boat went down"

2. cogent, telling, weighty, persuasive (vs. dissuasive)

usage: powerfully persuasive; "a cogent argument"; "a telling presentation"; "a weighty argument"

3. impressive, telling, effective (vs. ineffective), effectual, efficacious

usage: producing a strong effect; "gave an impressive performance as Othello"; "a telling gesture"

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Definition and meaning of telling (Dictionary)