• A number told or counted off; a reckoning by count; an enumeration.
  • (obsolete) Number.
  • (obsolete) A speech; a statement; talk; conversation; discourse.
  • (rare or archaic) A number of things considered as an aggregate; sum.
  • A rehearsal of what has occurred; narrative; discourse; statement; history; story.

    "the Canterbury Tales"

  • (obsolete) Speech; language.
  • (rare or archaic) Numbering; enumeration; reckoning; account; count.
  • 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!"

  • (slang) The fraudulent opportunity presented by a confidence man to the mark (sense 3.3) of a confidence game.
  • Alternative form of tael
  • (obsolete) Account; estimation; regard; heed.
  • (law, obsolete) A count; declaration.
  • (rare or archaic) A report of any matter; a relation; a version.


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

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