non·​speak·​ing ˌnän-ˈspē-kiŋ How to pronounce nonspeaking (audio)
: not involving spoken lines
a nonspeaking cameo role
"So I went and auditioned, too. And they liked me, and gave me a small nonspeaking part in a Bertolt Brecht play."Ted Danson
: not speaking or able to speak
Pound, who was then in a nonspeaking phase, sat on the couch in the living room all day Sunday, looking out at the view.Cynthia Zarin

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Finally, a shout-out to actor Ryan Cooper, who plays the dead man, for the most part a nonspeaking role. Gary Thompson,, 15 June 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1851, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of nonspeaking was circa 1851

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“Nonspeaking.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Mar. 2023.

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