at a loss for words

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of at a loss for words

chiefly US
: unable to think of anything to say
  • I was so surprised to see her that I was at a loss for words.

Word by Word Definitions

loss play
  1. : destruction, ruin

  2. : the act of losing possession : deprivation

  3. : the harm or privation resulting from loss or separation

word play words
  1. : a speech sound or series of speech sounds that symbolizes and communicates a meaning usually without being divisible into smaller units capable of independent use

  2. : the entire set of linguistic forms produced by combining a single base with various inflectional elements without change in the part of speech elements

  3. : a written or printed character or combination of characters representing a spoken word

  1. : to express in words : phrase

  2. : speak


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