Try Our Apps


Supposedly vs. Supposably


[tel-ing] /ˈtɛl ɪŋ/
having force or effect; effective; striking:
a telling blow.
revealing; indicative of much otherwise unnoticed:
a telling analysis of motivation in business.
Origin of telling
1850-55; tell1 + -ing2
Related forms
tellingly, adverb
untelling, adjective
1. powerful, forceful, potent, weighty. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for tellingly
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • But Gilian, as he went, busied himself on how he should convey most tellingly the story he brought down the glen.

    Gilian The Dreamer Neil Munro
  • Readers of his journals and correspondence know how vividly and tellingly he can relate an experience or touch off a character.

    Life of John Keats Sidney Colvin
  • These are tellingly related in that classic volume, "Mountaineering in the Sierra Nevada."

    Your National Parks Enos A. Mills
  • The slogan, heard so tellingly at Lucknow, is swelling up the glaciers of the Asiatic fatherland to save it from the Scythians!

  • Here is where the influence of every fair-minded woman and patriotic man can be tellingly exerted.

British Dictionary definitions for tellingly


having a marked effect or impact: a telling blow
revealing: a telling smile
Derived Forms
tellingly, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for telling

Many English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for tellingly

Scrabble Words With Friends