speech·​less | \ˈspēch-ləs \

Definition of speechless 

1 : unable to speak : dumb

2 : not speaking : silent

3 : not capable of being expressed in words

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Other Words from speechless

speechlessly adverb
speechlessness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for speechless


dumb, mum, mute, muted, silent, uncommunicative, wordless


communicative, speaking, talking

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Examples of speechless in a Sentence

I was speechless with shock. Your story left me speechless.

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Amber Heard took in the show from the garden room, accompanied by her mother Paige Parsons, who was literally speechless absorbing the atmosphere of her first couture show. Rhonda Richford, The Hollywood Reporter, "Valentino's Magical Couture Week Closer Leaves Tracee Ellis Ross in Tears," 5 July 2018 The headline mirrors the one used four years ago after Germany's stunning 7-1 victory over Brazil at the last World Cup -- but this time the nation has been left speechless out of sheer disbelief. Michelle Fitzpatrick, chicagotribune.com, "'No words:' Germany return home after World Cup disappointment," 28 June 2018 That's right: Tamica, who was -- believe it or not -- rendered speechless. Mike Scott, NOLA.com, "'Southern Charm New Orleans' Episode 7: Or, the one in which Tamica Lee gets served," 29 May 2018 Getty Images Gigi Hadid attended the 2018 CFDA Fashion Awards in a Versace catsuit that left me—and possibly everyone else who saw her—completely speechless. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Gigi Hadid's Catsuit for the CFDA Fashion Awards Looks Like It Was Painted on Her by Picasso," 5 June 2018 Paro, a speechless lap-sized robot from Japan’s National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, looks like a baby seal and is used much like a live therapy animal to soothe patients. Imani Moise, WSJ, "For the Elderly Who Are Lonely, Robots Offer Companionship," 28 May 2018 Here, in the ofuro, is a kind of sharing that is often speechless but far more resonant. Hanya Yanagihara, Town & Country, "The Transporting Daily Ritual of the Japanese Evening Bath," 8 Dec. 2017 The title grants him enough parkour powers to run up the speechless invaders and lop their heads off. Steven Strom, Ars Technica, "Extinction review: Shadow of the colossal disappointment," 10 Apr. 2018 So is Starks, who hopes to be speechless when the lights finally darken in the Staples Center late Thursday night. Brent Zwerneman, San Antonio Express-News, "Aggies trying to advance to Elite Eight for first time," 21 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of speechless

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of speechless

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


speech·​less | \ˈspēch-ləs \

Kids Definition of speechless

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

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