Definition of untold in English:

untold

adjective

  • 1attributive Too much or too many to be counted or measured.

    ‘thieves caused untold damage’
    • ‘He busily scampered up-and-down the left wing while he was on the pitch and sent in a number of teasing crosses that caused untold trouble in the home defence.’
    • ‘It has brought prosperity while creating huge untold environmental damage and complaints.’
    • ‘In the hands of the untrained and unwary it can cause untold damage to your wealth.’
    • ‘Both reveal untold depths of futility and desperation.’
    • ‘An untold number of people switch from benefit on the ground of unemployment to benefit on the ground of incapacity.’
    • ‘A worm that spread the same way and was damaging could do an untold amount of damage, and I think we are pretty wide open to this kind of thing.’
    • ‘By being accessed again and again, an untold number of invitations are performed.’
    • ‘They may have made an untold number of decisions on the basis that they were in line to play in Europe's biggest tournament the following season.’
    • ‘But the long-term effects and a tendency to detox and retox could be doing untold physical and mental damage’
    • ‘Do you remember those dot.coms that promised untold wealth for early Internet investors?’
    • ‘In the past four years, untold numbers of companies have gone bust in the second half, and the new year has started with something more like a whimper than a bang.’
    • ‘The ladies under the dryers nodded in agreement, doing untold damage to their new hairstyles as they banged them against the inside of the dryers.’
    • ‘You may wake up one day to find that it had disappeared and having a back up will save you a untold number of man hours to restore it.’
    • ‘However, for an untold number of years the Indians had skimmed oil from the surface of streams and ponds.’
    • ‘Vandals are unwittingly causing untold damage to wildlife habitat in Savernake Forest, says a forester.’
    • ‘It does untold damage to the numerous pelagic seabirds indigenous to the area: murres, puffins and gannets.’
    • ‘I think this would do untold psychological damage to our children.’
    • ‘Just as with all ads promising untold wealth or fantastic investment returns, there's going to be a catch.’
    • ‘Plus, we have untold numbers of vehicles, and tons and tons of equipment to be transported back.’
    • ‘This year with the long dry spell there is a real risk of fire which could destroy acres of trees causing untold financial loss as well as risking lives.’
    boundless, measureless, limitless, without limit, unlimited, unbounded, immense, vast, great, endless, unending, never-ending, without end, inexhaustible, infinite, interminable, unceasing, everlasting, immeasurable, incalculable
    countless, innumerable, unlimited, endless, limitless, numberless, an infinite number of, an incalculable number of, more than one can count, too many to be counted, without number, uncountable, uncounted
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  • 2(of a story or event) not narrated or recounted.

    ‘no event, however boring, is left untold’
    • ‘The great untold story of the 2004 presidential elections was the black evangelical vote.’
    • ‘There are a million untold stories like this one that say he's done quite enough already.’
    • ‘Sometimes, stark images can speak for themselves and even narrate untold stories.’
    • ‘The untold stories between then and now are multiple and unknowable.’
    • ‘She went to her grave a mystery, her tale untold, mum to the end.’
    • ‘She describes her life as the great untold story of modernism.’
    • ‘Only while shooting these subjects I make a deliberate effort to involve an untold story in my pictures.’
    • ‘The untold story of the last World Cup was that thousands of people went from this country to support Jamaica and caused absolutely no trouble at all.’
    • ‘Fighting mold is big business, an untold story in the building industry.’
    • ‘The untold stories he tells us are about his family - and in particular, his mother, his father, and his two favourite aunts.’
    • ‘The untold truth is those sites get a multitude of complaints because they are very difficult to navigate.’
    • ‘I think another untold story of this war is the mobilization of parents and spouses of the troops over there, who are in opposition.’
    • ‘We believe we have the untold story of the election.’
    • ‘For every depressing story of unrest and instability there is an untold story of potential and hope.’
    • ‘That's when more untold stories of what all went behind the making of the epic will unfold out of 150 hours of rushes.’
    • ‘So many untold stories, so many surprising facts are hidden away in dusty towns and remote villages.’
    • ‘This is one of the great untold stories of the night.’
    • ‘The untold story here, however, is the rationalisation that has transformed the industry in recent years.’
    • ‘These barriers have left the events of many great battles untold and unexplored.’
    • ‘The hitherto untold story behind the Smertin transfer offers further insight into the extent of his influence.’
    unreported, unrecounted, unrelated, unrevealed, undisclosed, undivulged, unpublished, secret, suppressed, unnarrated, unmentioned, unstated, unspoken
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Origin

Old English unteald ‘not counted’ (see un-, told).

Pronunciation

untold

/ʌnˈtəʊld/