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 Buttigieg, who is the first major openly gay presidential candidate, was momentarily speechless. Tyler Pager, Bloomberg.com, "Nine-Year-Old Boy Asks Buttigieg Advice on Coming Out as Gay," 10 May 2020 Lin-Manuel Miranda and ‘Hamilton’ cast stun a speechless 9-year-old fan Entertainment & Arts Surprise! Los Angeles Times, "Watch the Carole King musical cast sing an epic, quarantined ‘You’ve Got a Friend’," 7 Apr. 2020 What’s the aspect of [Doncic’s] game that every night leaves you most speechless? Dallas News, "Derek Harper: Luka Doncic’s play is ‘right in the same breath’ as Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson," 24 Jan. 2020 Guardado says, becoming speechless while thinking back on the experience. Ariana Romero, refinery29.com, "The Secrets Of The Party Of Five Premiere’s Most Devastating Scene, Straight From The Cast," 8 Jan. 2020 When Darth Vader and a few stormtroopers made their way into 8-year-old Ezra Menke's hospital room at the Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital on Wednesday, the Tomball boy battling an ultra-rare, life-threatening syndrome was speechless. Rebecca Hennes, Houston Chronicle, "Tomball boy with rare disorder gets 'Star Wars' surprise visit from Darth Vader after brain surgery," 6 Dec. 2019 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

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First Known Use of speechless

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

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30 May 2020

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“Speechless.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/speechless. Accessed 2 Jun. 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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