speechless

adjective speech·less \ ˈspēch-ləs \

Definition of speechless

1 :unable to speak :dumb
2 :not speaking :silent
3 :not capable of being expressed in words

speechlessly

adverb

speechlessness

noun

Examples of speechless in a Sentence

  1. I was speechless with shock.

  2. Your story left me speechless.

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First Known Use of speechless

before 12th century


SPEECHLESS Defined for English Language Learners

speechless

adjective

Definition of speechless for English Language Learners

  • : unable to speak because of anger, surprise, etc.


SPEECHLESS Defined for Kids

speechless

adjective speech·less \ ˈspēch-ləs \

Definition of speechless for Students

:unable to speak especially because of a strong emotion
  • The boys were absolutely speechless with fright.
  • —Astrid Lindgren, Pippi Longstocking


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