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tale

 (tāl)
n.
1. A recital of events or happenings; a report or revelation: told us a long tale of woe.
2. A malicious story, piece of gossip, or petty complaint.
3. A deliberate lie; a falsehood.
4. A narrative of real or imaginary events; a story.
5. Archaic A tally or reckoning; a total.

[Middle English, from Old English talu; see del- in Indo-European roots.]

tale

(teɪl)
n
1. a report, narrative, or story
2. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) one of a group of short stories connected by an overall narrative framework
3.
a. a malicious or meddlesome rumour or piece of gossip: to bear tales against someone.
b. (in combination): talebearer; taleteller.
4. a fictitious or false statement
5. tell tales
a. to tell fanciful lies
b. to report malicious stories, trivial complaints, etc, esp to someone in authority
6. tell a tale to reveal something important
7. tell its own tale to be self-evident
8. archaic
a. a number; amount
b. computation or enumeration
9. an obsolete word for talk
[Old English talu list; related to Old Frisian tele talk, Old Saxon, Old Norse tala talk, number, Old High German zala number]

tale

(teɪl)

n.
1. a narrative that relates some real or imaginary incident; story.
2. a literary composition in the form of such a narrative.
3. a falsehood; lie.
4. a malicious rumor.
5. Archaic. enumeration; count.
6. Obs. talk; discourse.
[before 900; Middle English; Old English talu list, story]

Tale

 a number of things; a list or series; a tally or total.
Examples: an exact tale of the dead bodies, 1722; tale of fair children, 1864; goodly tale of folios, 1826; of lambs (the total number), 1697; tale of oysters (quantity by which they are sold), 1594; of good works, 1732.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.tale - a message that tells the particulars of an act or occurrence or course of eventstale - a message that tells the particulars of an act or occurrence or course of events; presented in writing or drama or cinema or as a radio or television program; "his narrative was interesting"; "Disney's stories entertain adults as well as children"
tearjerker - an excessively sentimental narrative
subject matter, content, message, substance - what a communication that is about something is about
tall tale - an improbable (unusual or incredible or fanciful) story
folk tale, folktale - a tale circulated by word of mouth among the common folk
sob story, sob stuff - a sentimental story (or drama) of personal distress; designed to arouse sympathy
fairy story, fairy tale, fairytale - a story about fairies; told to amuse children
nursery rhyme - a tale in rhymed verse for children
2.tale - a trivial lie; "he told a fib about eating his spinach"; "how can I stop my child from telling stories?"
lie, prevarication - a statement that deviates from or perverts the truth
cock-and-bull story, fairy story, fairy tale, fairytale, song and dance - an interesting but highly implausible story; often told as an excuse

tale

noun
1. story, narrative, anecdote, account, relation, novel, legend, fiction, romance, saga, short story, yarn (informal), fable, narration, conte (French), spiel (informal), urban myth, urban legend a collection of poems and folk tales
2. lie, fabrication, falsehood, fib, untruth, spiel (informal), tall story (informal), rigmarole, cock-and-bull story (informal) He's always ready to spin a tall tale about the one that got away.
Quotations
"And so from hour to hour we ripe and ripe,"
"And then from hour to hour we rot and rot;"
"And thereby hangs a tale" [William Shakespeare As You Like It]
Proverbs
"A tale never loses in the telling"

tale

noun
2. An entertaining and often oral account of a real or fictitious occurrence:
Informal: tall tale, yarn.
3. Archaic. A noting of items one by one:
4. Archaic. A number or quantity obtained as a result of addition:
Translations
حِكَايَةحِكايَه، قِصَّهكِذْبَه
ležpříběhsmyšlenkavyprávění
beretningfortællingskrøne
rakonto
tarinasatu
pričapripovijestpripovijetka
lygasaga, uppspunisagasaga, frásögn
이야기
izdomājumspasakasstāsts
pravljica
berättelse
เรื่องเล่า
câu chuyện

tale

[teɪl] N
1. (= story) → cuento m, historia f
he told us the tale of his adventuresnos contó sus aventuras
he had quite a tale to tellvaya historia que tenía para contar
it tells its own talehabla por sí solo
"Tales of King Arthur"Leyendas fpl del Rey Arturo
sound the alarm, or we shan't live to tell the taletoca el timbre, o no salimos vivos de esto, toca el timbre, o no lo contamos
few people get caught in an avalanche and live to tell the talemuy poca gente sobrevive una avalancha
see also fairy, hang B1
see also woe
2. (= fabrication) → cuento m, patraña f
to tell tales (out of school) (= inform) → chivarse, chismear; (= fib) → contar cuentos
see also old C

tale

[ˈteɪl] n
(= story) → conte m, histoire f
(= account) → récit m
(= lie) → histoire f
to tell tales about sb → raconter des histoires sur qn

tale

n
Geschichte f; (Liter) → Erzählung f; Tales of King ArthurArtussagen pl; he had quite a tale to teller hatte einiges zu erzählen, der hatte vielleicht was zu erzählen (inf); I bet he/that bed could tell a tale or two (inf)er/das Bett könnte bestimmt so einiges erzählen; it tells its own taledas spricht für sich; at least he lived to tell the talezumindest hat er die Sache überlebt; thereby hangs a taledas ist eine lange Geschichte; I’ve heard a fine tale about you (iro)von dir hört man ja schöne Geschichten!
to tell talespetzen (inf) (→ to +dat); (dated: = fib) → flunkern; to tell tales out of school (inf)aus der Schule plaudern; to tell tales about somebodyjdn verpetzen (inf)(to bei)

tale

:
tale-teller
n (Sch) → Petzer(in) m(f) (inf)
tale-telling
n (Sch) → Petzerei f (inf)

tale

[teɪl] n (gen) → storia; (story) → racconto; (legend) → leggenda (pej) → fandonia
to tell tales (inform) → fare la spia (lies) → dire bugie
he told us the tale of his escape → ci ha raccontato la storia della sua fuga

tale

(teil) noun
1. a story. He told me the tale of his travels.
2. an untrue story; a lie. He told me he had a lot of money, but that was just a tale.

tale

حِكَايَة příběh fortælling Erzählung μύθος cuento tarina récit priča storia 이야기 sprookje historie opowieść conto сказка berättelse เรื่องเล่า masal câu chuyện 故事

tale

n. [story] cuento; [gossip] pop. chisme.
References in classic literature ?
Jumping to his feet and breaking off the tale, Doc- tor Parcival began to walk up and down in the office of the Winesburg Eagle where George Willard sat lis- tening.
One only of the priests in the temple of Quitzel escaped and set down part of the tale," said the professor.
She left them in heated argument, speculating about the conclusion of the tale which their mother promised to finish the following night.
It is believed that the scene of this tale, and most of the information necessary to understand its allusions, are rendered sufficiently obvious to the reader in the text itself, or in the accompanying notes.
With a brief sketch, therefore, of the circumstances amid which the foundation of the house was laid, and a rapid glimpse at its quaint exterior, as it grew black in the prevalent east wind,--pointing, too, here and there, at some spot of more verdant mossiness on its roof and walls,--we shall commence the real action of our tale at an epoch not very remote from the present day.
The original papers, together with the scarlet letter itself -- a most curious relic -- are still in my possession, and shall be freely exhibited to whomsoever, induced by the great interest of the narrative, may desire a sight of them I must not be understood affirming that, in the dressing up of the tale, and imagining the motives and modes of passion that influenced the characters who figure in it, I have invariably confined myself within the limits of the old Surveyor's half-a-dozen sheets of foolscap.
No tale was too gross or monstrous for his capacious swallow.
The story had held us, round the fire, sufficiently breathless, but except the obvious remark that it was gruesome, as, on Christmas Eve in an old house, a strange tale should essentially be, I remember no comment uttered till somebody happened to say that it was the only case he had met in which such a visitation had fallen on a child.
And in this same last or shoe, that old woman of the nursery tale, with the swarming brood, might very comfortably be lodged, she and all her progeny.
For one evening the old man came home in a great state of excitement, with the tale that he had been approached by a man in one of the corridors of the pickle rooms of Durham's, and asked what he would pay to get a job.
He said he would state the case exactly accord- ing to the facts; he would tell the simple straightfor- ward tale, without comment of his own; "and then," said he, "if ye find glory and honor due, ye will give it unto him who is the mightiest man of his hands that ever bare shield or strake with sword in the ranks of Christian battle -- even him that sitteth there
But as it is a tale which he is not acquainted with, and can only find out what it is by listening as it goes along telling itself, it is more than apt to go on and on and on till it spreads itself into a book.