Meaning of “telltale” in the English Dictionary

"telltale" in British English

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telltaleadjective [ before noun ]

uk /ˈtel.teɪl/ us /ˈtel.teɪl/

allowing a secret to become known:

She found lipstick on his shirts - the telltale sign that he was having an affair.

telltalenoun [ C ]

uk /ˈtel.teɪl/ us /ˈtel.teɪl/ UK US tattletale disapproving

a person, especially a child, who secretly tells someone in authority, especially a teacher, that someone else has done something bad, often in order to cause trouble

(Definition of “telltale” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"telltale" in American English

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us /ˈtelˌteɪl/

important because of showing information:

These are some of the telltale signs of termites.

(Definition of “telltale” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)