nonspeaking

adjective non·speak·ing \ ˌnän-ˈspē-kiŋ \

Definition of nonspeaking

1 : 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
2 : 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

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First Known Use of nonspeaking

circa 1851


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