Part of speech: noun

An indicator.

Part of speech: adjective

Tattling; betraying.

Part of speech: noun

A tattler.

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Usage examples "telltale":

  1. He changed his course at once, following the brook, since in that no telltale footprints would be left. - "The Boy Scout Aviators", George Durston.
  2. Thine are of English make, and leave telltale marks. - "Peggy Owen and Liberty", Lucy Foster Madison.
  3. Steadying the keg with one hand and holding his gun alert, he descended into the first trough and climbed to the next ridge, meaning to traverse the mile of broken surface, thus setting a granite wall between him and the telltale wagon. - "Lahoma", John Breckinridge Ellis.