from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One who tells stories; a storyteller.
  • n. A talebearer; a tattletale.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A person who tells tales

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who tells tales or stories, especially in a mischievous or officious manner; a talebearer; a telltale; a tattler.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who tells tales or stories; specifically, one who retails gossip or slander.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. someone who gossips indiscreetly


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  • In some ways they also say that a taleteller doesn't have to be perfect if the tale is good enough.

    Even in a little thing

  • It takes a long time to tell badly on paper what is told in a minute so well by the 'taleteller,' as Sir Walter calls himself.

    Maria Edgeworth

  • Frémont, of Kit Carson, of Harney, and Bridger; the fearless strivers toward an ever-receding West, fascinating for its untried dangers as for its fabled wealth, -- the sturdy, grave men who fought and toiled and hoped, and realised in varying measure, but who led in sober truth a life such as the colours of no taleteller shall ever be high enough to reproduce.

    The Spenders A Tale of the Third Generation

  • "You have sat at the feet of an excellent taleteller, sir, or else you have a prodigious imagination of your own."

    The Brown Mask

  • But the ecclesiastical taleteller does not do poetical justice upon any offenders, and he vilely slanders the great Cæsar, Trajan.

    Arabian nights. English

  • We reade in ye taleteller Esope, a doue was saued by the helpe of an ant.

    Notes and Queries, Number 182, April 23, 1853 A Medium of Inter-communication for Literary Men, Artists, Antiquaries, Genealogists, etc.

  • One could not tell the most extravagant fairy-tale so as to rouse and sustain the attention of the most infantine listener, if the tale were told as if the taleteller did not believe in it.

    A Strange Story — Volume 01

  • Thus the historian imbibed naturally the spirit of the taleteller.

    Athens: Its Rise and Fall, Complete

  • "I think I remember to have heard their names in connection with your profession of taleteller."

    The Pilgrims of the Rhine

  • "It was too low for a good shot" or "I didn't want to hit the dog" will get the taleteller extra credit for "prudence" -- once or twice.



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