not speak a word of

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of not speak a word of

used to say that someone doesn't know any words in a particular language
  • I can't speak a word of French.
  • She doesn't speak a word of Hindi.

Word by Word Definitions

speak play
  1. : to utter words or articulate sounds with the ordinary voice : talk

  2. : to express thoughts, opinions, or feelings orally

  3. : to extend a greeting

  1. used to form especially nonce words denoting a particular kind of jargon

word play
  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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