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 Prattville coach Caleb Ross was almost speechless Friday night. Ben Thomas | Bthomas@al.com, al, "No. 6 Prattville outlasts No. 9 Theodore in double OT to advance in Class 7A," 9 Nov. 2019 This leaves us a little bit speechless, but the search for Noah continues. Doug Stanglin, USA TODAY, "Police in Hampton, Va., arrest mom of missing toddler; child believed to be dead," 29 June 2019 Moments later, Leno is speechless again as Manning fumbles with the clutch and gas, failing to get the car in gear. Jacob Feldman, SI.com, "With 'Peyton's Places' Show, Peyton Manning Puts a Face on Football," 5 Aug. 2019 After dribbling past the half of the Azulones' team with a blistering turn of pace, Leo rounded the keeper and slotted his effort in from a narrow angle, wheeling away in celebration in front of a speechless Camp Nou. SI.com, "Lionel Messi: His 32 Greatest Moments on His 32nd Birthday," 24 June 2019 Portugal’s coastal views will leave you speechless and look like something straight off a postcard. Danielle Pointdujour, Essence, "Black Travel Vibes: Dive Into The Stunning Coastal Views Of Portugal," 17 June 2019 While the audience had plenty to say, Gibbs was practically speechless. Megan Stein, Country Living, "'NCIS' Fans Are Losing It Because Ziva Is Back and Yes, She'll Be Around Next Season," 22 May 2019 Not a stranger to having musicians around him, Wiz Khalifa and Amber Rose’s 5-year-old son Sebastian met Taylor Swift backstage at her Reputation Tour and his speechless reaction made the internet’s heart melt. Heran Mamo, Billboard, "Wiz Khalifa & Amber Rose's Son Had the Cutest Meet-and-Greet Moment With Taylor Swift," 22 May 2018 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

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First Known Use of speechless

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

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15 Nov 2019

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The first known use of speechless was before the 12th century

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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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