word·​less | \ ˈwərd-ləs How to pronounce wordless (audio) \

Definition of wordless

1 : not expressed in or accompanied by words a wordless picture book
2 : silent, speechless sat wordless throughout the meeting

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from wordless

wordlessly adverb
wordlessness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for wordless


dumb, mum, mute, muted, silent, speechless, uncommunicative


communicative, speaking, talking

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

Examples of wordless in a Sentence

he stood wordless before his accusers a wordless fondness for each other

Recent Examples on the Web

Lynch played his final game as a Seahawk the following week in a playoff loss at Carolina, then retired during the Super Bowl a few weeks later by sending out a wordless Tweet featuring cleats hanging on a telephone line. Bob Condotta, The Seattle Times, "Marshawn Lynch and Seahawks get ready to add one more chapter to their story," 9 Oct. 2018 Cumming swiftly segued from Karen O-esque snarls to angelic, wordless vocals to ferocious head-banging as Jacob Faber pounded the drums. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Best and worst of Summerfest Day 3: BlocBoy JB, Billy Currington, MILCK and more," 30 June 2018 Much of the movie, especially in the early, woodsy section, is essentially wordless. Peter Rainer, The Christian Science Monitor, "'Leave No Trace' shows empathy for those on the fringes of society," 29 June 2018 When the probe scanner robot EVE lands on Earth in search of plant life, we’re given a much fuller sense of the wordless emotional range of these robots. Richard Newby, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Wall-E' References That Need to Be Revisited," 27 June 2018 Lynch interrupts himself with the wordless exhale of someone registering profundity. Charlotte Shane, The New Republic, "Living in David Lynch’s Art Life," 26 June 2018 Jackson gets help from a classical diva in Kathleen Battle, whose wordless wailing pours on the drama along with the sweeping strings. Chuck Arnold, Billboard, "Janet Jackson's 'janet.' Album Turns 25: Ranking All the Songs (Critic's Picks)," 18 May 2018 Eugene Yelchin’s pencil-and-pastel drawings bring warmth to the story of Pip & Pup, a wordless tale of discovery and joy. Monitor Staff, The Christian Science Monitor, "Voyages, animals, beauty for the youngest readers," 11 June 2018 Maeve, for whatever reason, is simply the only individual who is currently able to tap into that wordless network for her own designs. Ariana Romero, refinery29.com, "Was Maeve Mind Controlling Her Daughter On Westworld?," 11 June 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'wordless.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of wordless

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about wordless

Dictionary Entries near wordless








Statistics for wordless

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for wordless

The first known use of wordless was in the 15th century

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for wordless



English Language Learners Definition of wordless

: without using words : without speaking

More from Merriam-Webster on wordless

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for wordless

Nglish: Translation of wordless for Spanish Speakers

Comments on wordless

What made you want to look up wordless? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


providing supplementary assistance

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Farm Idioms Quiz

  • cow coming home
  • What does 'poke' refer to in the expression 'pig in a poke'?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!