Tale meaning

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Tale means a lie.

An example of a tale is a child’s excuse about their missing homework.

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A tally or reckoning; a total.
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The definition of a tale is a story, either real or fiction, that is told.

An example of a tale is one of Aesop’s Fables.

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A recital of events or happenings; a report or revelation.

Told us a long tale of woe.

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A malicious story, piece of gossip, or petty complaint.
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A deliberate lie; a falsehood.
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A narrative of real or imaginary events; a story.
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Something told or related; relation or recital of happenings.
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A piece of gossip.
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A tally; count.
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The act of telling.
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(rare or archaic) Numbering; enumeration; reckoning; account; count.
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(rare or archaic) A number of things considered as an aggregate; sum.
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(rare or archaic) A report of any matter; a relation; a version.
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An account of an asserted fact or circumstance; a rumour; a report, especially an idle or malicious story; a piece of gossip or slander; a lie.

Don't tell tales!

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A rehearsal of what has occurred; narrative; discourse; statement; history; story.

The Canterbury Tales.

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A number told or counted off; a reckoning by count; an enumeration.
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(slang) The fraudulent opportunity presented by a confidence man to the mark (sense 3.3) of a confidence game.
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(dialectal, chiefly Scotland) To reckon; consider (someone) to have something.
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Alternative form of tael.
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A falsehood; lie.
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Origin of tale

  • Middle English from Old English talu del-2 in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Middle English, from Old English talu (“tale, series, calculation, list, statement, deposition, relation, communication, narrative, fable, story, accusation, action at law”), from Proto-Germanic *talō (“calculation, number”), from Proto-Indo-European *del- (“to reckon, count”). Cognate with Dutch taal (“language, speech”), German Zahl (“number, figure”), Danish tale (“speech”), Icelandic tala (“speech, talk, discourse, number, figure”), Latin dolus (“guile, deceit, fraud”), Ancient Greek [script?] (dólos, “wile, bait”), Albanian dalloj (“to distinguish, tell”), Kurdish til (“finger”), Old Armenian տող (toł, “row”). Related to tell, talk.
    From Wiktionary
  • From Middle English talen, from Old English talian (“to count, calculate, reckon, account, consider, think, esteem, value, argue, tell, relate, impute, assign”), from Proto-Germanic *talōną (“to count”), from Proto-Indo-European *del- (“to count, reckon, aim, calculate, adjust”). Cognate with German zählen (“to count, number, reckon”), Swedish tala (“to speak, talk”), Icelandic tala (“to talk”).
    From Wiktionary