telltale tattler
Tattler Tat"tler, n. 1. One who tattles; an idle talker; one who tells tales. --Jer. Taylor. [1913 Webster]

2. (Zo["o]l.) Any one of several species of large, long-legged sandpipers belonging to the genus {Totanus}. [1913 Webster]

Note: The common American species are the greater tattler, or telltale ({Totanus melanoleucus}), the smaller tattler, or lesser yellowlegs ({Totanus flavipes}), the solitary tattler ({Totanus solitarius}), and the semipalmated tattler, or willet. The first two are called also {telltale}, {telltale spine}, {telltale tattler}, {yellowlegs}, {yellowshanks}, and {yelper.} [1913 Webster]


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  • telltale — Tattler Tat tler, n. 1. One who tattles; an idle talker; one who tells tales. Jer. Taylor. [1913 Webster] 2. (Zo[ o]l.) Any one of several species of large, long legged sandpipers belonging to the genus {Totanus}. [1913 Webster] Note: The common… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • telltale spine — Tattler Tat tler, n. 1. One who tattles; an idle talker; one who tells tales. Jer. Taylor. [1913 Webster] 2. (Zo[ o]l.) Any one of several species of large, long legged sandpipers belonging to the genus {Totanus}. [1913 Webster] Note: The common… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Tattler — Tat tler, n. 1. One who tattles; an idle talker; one who tells tales. Jer. Taylor. [1913 Webster] 2. (Zo[ o]l.) Any one of several species of large, long legged sandpipers belonging to the genus {Totanus}. [1913 Webster] Note: The common American …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Telltale — Tell tale , n. 1. One who officiously communicates information of the private concerns of others; one who tells that which prudence should suppress. [1913 Webster] 2. (Mus.) A movable piece of ivory, lead, or other material, connected with the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • telltale — [tel′tāl΄] n. 1. a person who tells secrets or informs; talebearer; tattler 2. an outward indication of something secret 3. any of various devices for indicating or recording information; indicator; specif., ☆ a) a row of dangling ropes, etc.… …   English World dictionary

  • telltale — I noun someone who gossips indiscreetly • Syn: ↑tattletale, ↑tattler, ↑taleteller, ↑talebearer, ↑blabbermouth • Derivationally related forms: ↑tattle ( …   Useful english dictionary

  • tattler — /tat leuhr/, n. 1. a person who tattles; telltale. 2. either of two shorebirds of the genus Heteroscelus, having a loud, whistling cry. 3. any of various related shorebirds having shrill cries, as the yellowlegs. 4. a small bass, Serranus phoebe …   Universalium

  • telltale — Yellowlegs Yel low*legs , n. (Zo[ o]l.) Any one of several species of long legged sandpipers of the genus {Totanus}, in which the legs are bright yellow; called also {stone snipe}, {tattler}, {telltale}, {yellowshanks}; and {yellowshins}. See… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • telltale — Synonyms and related words: a tale bearing animal, babbling, betrayal, betrayer, blab, blabber, blabberer, blabbering, blabbermouth, blabbing, broad hint, busybody, catchword, clack, clue, communication leak, cue, cue word, dead giveaway, delator …   Moby Thesaurus

  • telltale — /ˈtɛlteɪl / (say teltayl) noun 1. Also, telltale tit. someone who heedlessly or maliciously reveals private or confidential matters; a tattler; a tale bearer. 2. a thing serving to reveal or disclose something. 3. any of various indicating or… …   Australian English dictionary

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