Note: these 'words' (valid or invalid) are all the permutations of the word tell. These words are obtained by scrambling the letters in tell.
Definitions and meaning of tell
(UK, US) enPR: tĕl, IPA(key): /tɛl/, /tɛɫ/
From Middle Englishtellen(“to count, tell”), from Old Englishtellan(“to count, tell”), from Proto-Germanic*taljaną, *talzijaną(“to count, enumerate”), from Proto-Germanic*talą, *talǭ(“number, counting”), from Proto-Indo-European*dol-(“calculation, fraud”). Cognate with Saterland Frisiantälle(“to say; tell”), West Frisiantelle(“to count”), West Frisianfertelle(“to tell, narrate”), Dutchtellen(“to count”), Low Germantellen(“to count”), Germanzählen, Faroesetelja. More at tale.
tell (third-person singular simple presenttells, present participletelling, simple past and past participletold)
(transitive, archaic outside of idioms) To count, reckon, or enumerate.
1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, II.vii:
And in his lap a masse of coyne he told, / And turned vpsidowne, to feede his eye / A couetous desire with his huge threasury.
1875, Hugh MacMillan, The Sunday Magazine:
Only He who made them can tell the number of the stars, and mark the place of each in the order of the one great dominant spiral.
(transitive) To narrate.
2016, VOA Learning English (public domain)
Tell her you’re here.
(transitive) To convey by speech; to say.
(transitive) To instruct or inform.
Bible, Genesis xii. 18
Why didst thou not tell me that she was thy wife?
(transitive) To order; to direct, to say to someone.
1909, H. G. Wells, Ann Veronica
She said she hoped she had not distressed him by the course she had felt obliged to take, and he told her not to be a fool.
Stability was restored, but once the re-entry propulsion was activated, the crew was told to prepare to come home before the end of their only day in orbit.
(intransitive) To discern, notice, identify or distinguish.
Captain Edward Carlisle, soldier as he was, martinet as he was, felt a curious sensation of helplessness seize upon him as he met her steady gaze, her alluring smile; he could not tell what this prisoner might do.
(transitive) To reveal.
(intransitive) To be revealed.
1990, Stephen Coonts, Under Siege, 1991 Pocket Books edition, →ISBN, p.409:
Cherry looks old, Mergenthaler told himself. His age is telling. Querulous — that's the word. He's become a whining, querulous old man absorbed with trivialities.
(intransitive) To have an effect, especially a noticeable one; to be apparent, to be demonstrated.
1859 John Stuart Mill, On Liberty
Opinion ought [… to give] merited honour to every one, whatever opinion he may hold[…]keeping nothing back which tells, or can be supposed to tell, in their favour.
(transitive) To use beads or similar objects as an aid to prayer.
(intransitive, childish) To inform someone in authority about a wrongdoing.
I saw you steal those sweets! I'm going to tell!
(authorship, intransitive) To reveal information in prose through outright expository statement -- contrasted with show
Maria rewrote the section of her novel that talked about Meg and Sage's friendship to have less telling and more showing.
In dialects, other past tense forms (besides told) may be found, including tald/tauld(Scotland), tawld(Devonshire), teld(Yorkshire, Devonshire), telled(Northern England, Scotland, and in nonstandard speech generally), telt(Scotland, Geordie), tole(AAVE, Southern US, and some dialects of England), toll(AAVE), tolt(AAVE).
(enumerate):count, number; see also Thesaurus:count
(narrate):narrate, recount, relate
(to instruct or inform):advise, apprise; See also Thesaurus:inform
(reveal):disclose, make known; See also Thesaurus:divulge
(inform someone in authority):grass up, snitch, tattle; See also Thesaurus:rat out
(to instruct or inform):ask
A reflexive, often habitual behavior, especially one occurring in a context that often features attempts at deception by persons under psychological stress (such as a poker game or police interrogation), that reveals information that the person exhibiting the behavior is attempting to withhold.
(archaic) That which is told; a tale or account.
(Can we date this quote by Horace Walpole and provide title, author’s full name, and other details?)
I am at the end of my tell.
(Internet) A private message to an individual in a chat room; a whisper.
From Arabicتَلّ (tall, “hill, elevation”) or Hebrewתֵּל (tél, “hill”), from Proto-Semitic*tall-(“hill”).
(archaeology) A hill or mound, originally and especially in the Middle East, over or consisting of the ruins of ancient settlements.