lost for words


chiefly British
: unable to think of anything to say
I was so surprised to see her that I was lost for words.

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web People are seldom lost for words, in any tale told by Aaron Sorkin, but this particular loss—words torn away from a citizen, by the state, in the name of the law—is a crime. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, 17 Oct. 2020 The mother of a 17-year-old fatally shot by a U.S. Park Police officer last month said at a news conference Wednesday that seeing video of her son getting killed left her lost for words. Omari Daniels, Washington Post, 5 Apr. 2023 No wonder you were lost for words. Annie Lane, oregonlive, 10 Mar. 2023 At times discussing the issue of his Republican ties, Vallas has seemed incredulous and lost for words. Gregory Pratt, Chicago Tribune, 13 Feb. 2023 Jed is simply lost for words. Alicia Vrajlal, refinery29.com, 18 Jan. 2023 Even the most seasoned soccer observers were almost lost for words. Patrick Smith, NBC News, 19 Dec. 2022 When Joyce Wrice reflects on the year-plus since her debut album, Overgrown, established her as a major new voice in R&B, she’s almost lost for words. Dewayne Gage, Rolling Stone, 7 Oct. 2022 And after waiting in line for more than 12 hours on Friday evening to bid her farewell, he was similarly lost for words. WSJ, 17 Sep. 2022 See More

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“Lost for words.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lost%20for%20words. Accessed 6 Jun. 2023.

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