wordless

adjective
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

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Other Words from wordless

wordlessly adverb
wordlessness noun

Examples of wordless in a Sentence

he stood wordless before his accusers a wordless fondness for each other
Recent Examples on the Web This resulted in the classic, wordless post-credits scene. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, "Marvel-inspired eats at Disney's Avengers Campus, from Shawarma Palace to Quantum Pretzel," 13 Mar. 2020 The vocalists Dwight Trible and Patrice Quinn offer harmonic, oft-wordless arrangements. Randall Robertsstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "California Sounds: L.A.'s Kamasi Washington goes ‘Live at the Apollo’," 14 Feb. 2020 Three Stones, bossy keepers of the Underworld ( Stacey Tappan, Raehann Bryce-Davis and Kevin Ray ) provide some comic relief, and the wordless offstage chorus is a haunting reminder that death means forgetting. Heidi Waleson, WSJ, "‘Eurydice’ and ‘Agrippina’ Reviews: Voices Lost and Found," 7 Feb. 2020 The late abstract painter, a friend of Steir’s, drew painstaking grids across human-size canvases in an effort to create a wordless experience. Kelsey Ables, Washington Post, "At the Hirshhorn, Pat Steir’s ‘waterfall’ paintings move you — literally," 23 Jan. 2020 Bokeem Woodbine delivers an effective mix of underplaying and swagger in the role, and Pose's Indya Moore makes a nearly wordless impression as a key member of the household harem. Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Queen & Slim': Film Review | AFI 2019," 15 Nov. 2019 These wordless glimpses telegraph too little about her life. Shirley Li, The Atlantic, "Modern Love Has Nothing New to Say About Modern Love," 23 Oct. 2019 But the wordless moments of humor and heart in the quieter scenes show Flanagan’s deft way with storytelling. John Wenzel, The Know, "Review: “Doctor Sleep” melds King, Kubrick’s dark visions into an alluring nightmare," 8 Nov. 2019 Philip says, in response to his wife's wordless accusation of an affair. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "A Quick Recap of The Crown Season 2 Before the Show Returns to Netflix," 14 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of wordless

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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2 Apr 2020

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“Wordless.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wordless. Accessed 9 Apr. 2020.

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wordless

adjective
How to pronounce wordless (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of wordless

: without using words : without speaking

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