(noun, verb)


1. 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

Similar word(s): narration, narrative, story

Definition categories: communication, content, message, substance

2. a trivial lie

Similar word(s): fib, story, taradiddle, tarradiddle

Definition categories: communication, lie, prevarication

Sentences with tale as a noun:

- Don't tell tales!

- the Canterbury Tales


1. (dialectal or obsolete) To speak; discourse; tell tales.

2. (dialectal, chiefly Scotland) To reckon; consider (someone) to have something.