speech·​less | \ ˈspēch-ləs How to pronounce speechless (audio) \

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

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Examples of speechless in a Sentence

I was speechless with shock. Your story left me speechless.
Recent Examples on the Web The unprecedented spectacle left many media pundits speechless. Cydney Henderson, USA TODAY, "'A dark event': Hillary Clinton, Dana Bash and media pundits weigh in on chaotic debate," 30 Sep. 2020 Following the surprise video on Thursday, Buck was left speechless. Joelle Goldstein, PEOPLE.com, "Sportscaster Joe Buck Surprised with News That He'll Join His Dad in the Pro Football Hall of Fame," 18 Sep. 2020 Once the actress got the frock on and stepped out for the first time, people were speechless. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Emma Corrin Says Wearing Princess Diana's Wedding Dress in The Crown Left Everyone "Completely Silent"," 8 Sep. 2020 She was soon reunited with her distraught mother, who was also speechless. Iliana Magra, New York Times, "3-Year-Old Clinging to Unicorn Float Is Rescued From Sea in Greece," 28 Aug. 2020 That finish, and nearly four hours of football, were enough to leave a man drained but hardly speechless. Don Williams, USA TODAY, "When football helped the healing: How Lubbock rallied around a college all-star game," 12 July 2020 Meanwhile, guest judge Eric Stonestreet, who was sitting in for an ailing Heidi Klum, was left speechless. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Sofía Vergara Tripped and Fell Into the Audience After Running Away From an 'AGT' Contestant," 29 June 2020 Just three shifts in the unit left her nearly speechless. Allie Morris, Dallas News, "Chris Woodward knows the dangers of COVID-19. The Rangers manager’s wife is on the front lines fighting against it," 2 July 2020 The decision on whether Chefboybonez advanced to the next round came down to a speechless Stonestreet. Cydney Henderson, USA TODAY, "'AGT' recap: Sofia Vergara falls in her haste to get away from shocking eye-bulging rapper," 24 June 2020

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First Known Use of speechless

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

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4 Nov 2020

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“Speechless.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/speechless. Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of speechless

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


speech·​less | \ ˈspēch-ləs How to pronounce speechless (audio) \

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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