Definition of untold in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌənˈtōld/


1 [attributive] Too much or too many to be counted or measured: thieves caused untold damage
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  • In the hands of the untrained and unwary it can cause untold damage to your wealth.
  • It does untold damage to the numerous pelagic seabirds indigenous to the area: murres, puffins and gannets.
  • Vandals are unwittingly causing untold damage to wildlife habitat in Savernake Forest, says a forester.
2(Of a story or event) not narrated or recounted: no event, however boring, is left untold
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  • Sometimes, stark images can speak for themselves and even narrate untold stories.
  • We believe we have the untold story of the election.
  • There are a million untold stories like this one that say he's done quite enough already.
unreported, overlooked, ignored;
hidden, secret, unrecounted, unrevealed, undisclosed, undivulged, unpublished


Old English unteald 'not counted' (see un-1, told).

  • tell from Old English:

    In Old English tell meant ‘to count’, a sense that is still seen in the term teller (Middle English) for a bank official. The meaning ‘to disclose, reveal’ does not appear until medieval times. To tell tales out of school is to gossip or reveal secrets about the wrongdoing or faults of someone else. In Old English untold meant ‘not counted, unspecified’. In late Middle English this became ‘not able to be counted’ (untold suffering). See also marine, talk

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Syllabification: un·told

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