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See also: talé, Tale, and tåle

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EnglishEdit

PronunciationEdit

Etymology 1Edit

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 West Frisian taal (speech, language), 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 δόλος (dólos, wile, bait), Albanian dalloj (to distinguish, tell), Kurdish til (finger), Old Armenian տող (toł, row). Related to tell, talk.

NounEdit

tale (plural tales)

  1. (obsolete) Number.
  2. (obsolete) Account; estimation; regard; heed.
  3. (obsolete) Speech; language.
  4. (obsolete) A speech; a statement; talk; conversation; discourse.
  5. (law, obsolete) A count; declaration.
  6. (rare or archaic) Numbering; enumeration; reckoning; account; count.
    • John Dryden
      Both number twice a day the milky dams; And once she takes the tale of all the lambs.
  7. (rare or archaic) A number of things considered as an aggregate; sum.
  8. (rare or archaic) A report of any matter; a relation; a version.
  9. 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.
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 7, in The Mirror and the Lamp:
      “A very welcome, kind, useful present, that means to the parish. By the way, Hopkins, let this go no further. We don't want the tale running round that a rich person has arrived. Churchill, my dear fellow, we have such greedy sharks, and wolves in lamb's clothing. […]”
    Don't tell tales!
  10. A rehearsal of what has occurred; narrative; discourse; statement; history; story.
    the Canterbury Tales
  11. A number told or counted off; a reckoning by count; an enumeration.
    • Hooker
      the ignorant, [] who measure by tale, and not by weight
    • Milton
      And every shepherd tells his tale, / Under the hawthorn in the dale.
    • Carew
      In packing, they keep a just tale of the number.
    • 1843 Thomas Carlyle, Past and Present, book 2, ch. 5, Twelfth Century
      They proceeded with some rigour, these Custodiars; took written inventories, clapt-on seals, exacted everywhere strict tale and measure
  12. (slang) The fraudulent opportunity presented by a confidence man to the mark (sense 3.3) of a confidence game.
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Etymology 2Edit

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).

VerbEdit

tale (third-person singular simple present tales, present participle taling, simple past and past participle taled)

  1. (dialectal or obsolete) To speak; discourse; tell tales.
  2. (dialectal, chiefly Scotland) To reckon; consider (someone) to have something.
Derived termsEdit

Etymology 3Edit

NounEdit

tale (plural tales)

  1. Alternative form of tael

AnagramsEdit


AfrikaansEdit

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

tale

  1. plural of taal

DanishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old Norse tala

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /taːlə/, [ˈtˢæːlə]

NounEdit

tale c (singular definite talen, plural indefinite taler)

  1. speech, talk, address, discourse

InflectionEdit

VerbEdit

tale (imperative tal, infinitive at tale, present tense taler, past tense talte, perfect tense har talt)

  1. To make a speech
  2. speak, talk

FrenchEdit

IdoEdit

AdverbEdit

tale

  1. hence

ItalianEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin tālis.

AdjectiveEdit

tale (masculine and feminine plural tali)

  1. such

Related termsEdit

AnagramsEdit


KurdishEdit

NounEdit

tale ?

  1. happiness

LatinEdit

AdjectiveEdit

tāle

  1. nominative neuter singular of tālis
  2. accusative neuter singular of tālis
  3. vocative neuter singular of tālis

NounEdit

tāle

  1. vocative singular of tālus

ReferencesEdit

  • du Cange, Charles (1883), “tale”, in G. A. Louis Henschel, Pierre Carpentier, Léopold Favre, editors, Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (in Latin), Niort: L. Favre

LimburgishEdit

NounEdit

tale f

  1. languages

Middle DutchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old Dutch *tala, from Proto-Germanic *talō.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

tāle f

  1. spoken or written words, that which someone says
  2. language

InflectionEdit

This noun needs an inflection-table template.

DescendantsEdit

Further readingEdit

  • tale (I)”, in Vroegmiddelnederlands Woordenboek, 2000
  • tale (I)”, in Middelnederlandsch Woordenboek, 1929

Norwegian BokmålEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old Norse tala.

NounEdit

tale m (definite singular talen, indefinite plural taler, definite plural talene)

  1. speech, talk, address, discourse

Derived termsEdit

VerbEdit

tale (imperative tal, present tense taler, passive tales, simple past talte, past participle talt, present participle talende)

  1. to make a speech
  2. to speak, talk

Derived termsEdit

ReferencesEdit


Norwegian NynorskEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old Norse tala

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

tale m (definite singular talen, indefinite plural talar, definite plural talane)
tale f (definite singular tala, indefinite plural taler, definite plural talene)

  1. speech
  2. a speech, talk, discourse, an address

Derived termsEdit

VerbEdit

tale (present tense talar or taler, past tense tala or talte, past participle tala or talt, passive infinitive talast, present participle talande, imperative tal)

  1. alternative form of tala

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RomanianEdit

PronunciationEdit

PronounEdit

tale

  1. feminine plural form of tău
    fiicele tale îmi spuneau despre casa voastră nouă
    your daughters were telling me about your new house.
  2. neuter plural form of tău

SpanishEdit

VerbEdit

tale

  1. Formal second-person singular (usted) imperative form of talar.
  2. First-person singular (yo) present subjunctive form of talar.
  3. Formal second-person singular (usted) present subjunctive form of talar.
  4. Third-person singular (él, ella, also used with usted?) present subjunctive form of talar.