speechless

adjective
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

Synonyms & Antonyms for speechless

Synonyms

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

Antonyms

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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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 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

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First Known Use of speechless

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

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

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More Definitions for speechless

speechless

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of speechless

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

speechless

adjective
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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