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untold

[uhn-tohld] /ʌnˈtoʊld/
adjective
1.
not told; not related; not revealed:
untold thoughts.
2.
not numbered or enumerated; uncounted:
She used untold sheets of paper in writing the book.
3.
inexpressible; incalculable:
untold suffering.
Origin of untold
1000
before 1000; Middle English; Old English unteald. See un-1, told
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  • From untold ages it has been eaten by free Norwegian men in the beautiful valleys of Norway.

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  • Griffith Hawks alone knew the secret, and he died with it untold.

    The Cryptogram William Murray Graydon
  • His war-book, “The Wrack of the Storm,” breathes a calm optimism in the face of untold disaster.

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British Dictionary definitions for untold

untold

/ʌnˈtəʊld/
adjective
1.
incapable of description or expression: untold suffering
2.
incalculably great in number or quantity: untold thousands
3.
not told
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Word Origin and History for untold
adj.

Old English unteald, "not counted or reckoned," from un- (1) "not" + past participle of tell in its original numerical sense. Cf. Middle Dutch ongetellet, German ungezahlt, Old Norse utaliðr. Meaning "not related or recounted" is recorded from late 14c.

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