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.
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.
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.
"You have sat at the feet of an excellent taleteller, sir, or else you have a prodigious imagination of your own."
But the ecclesiastical taleteller does not do poetical justice upon any offenders, and he vilely slanders the great Cæsar, Trajan.
We reade in ye taleteller Esope, a doue was saued by the helpe of an ant.
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.
Thus the historian imbibed naturally the spirit of the taleteller.
"I think I remember to have heard their names in connection with your profession of taleteller."
"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.