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 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 The wordless fourth panel shows Charlie Brown still on the mound, being pelted by hats and gloves. Bruce Handy, The Atlantic, "The Peanuts Characters Aren’t Ordinary Kids," 29 Aug. 2019 This wordless tune will interrupt a game of charades, one in which Elsa awkwardly stumbles. Todd Martens, Los Angeles Times, "‘Frozen 2' new footage revealed. It’s dazzling," 24 Aug. 2019 In the Sunday strip from November 26, 1961, Snoopy spends a dozen wordless panels bounding through curtains of rain that slash vertically and violently through each scene. Nicole Rudick, The New Yorker, "How “Peanuts” Created a Space for Thinking," 6 Aug. 2019 The videos, which draw millions of views on TikTok and YouTube, are made in the Chinese countryside and usually completely wordless. Soleil Ho, SFChronicle.com, "The best thing on the Internet is Chinese cooking videos," 9 Sep. 2019 My own feelings about the surgery were too convoluted—a lust for something wordless and new. Cyrus Grace Dunham, The New Yorker, "A Year Without a Name," 12 Aug. 2019 Lee is so prominently featured in Sony's marketing campaign that audiences might be shocked to learn his screen time in the two-hour-and-45-minute film amounts to a single scene and two quick and wordless flashbacks. chicagotribune.com, "Bruce Lee’s family calls ‘Once Upon a Time’ ‘a mockery.’ Is it insult or homage?," 1 Aug. 2019 Lee is so prominently featured in Sony’s marketing campaign that audiences might be shocked to learn his screen time in the two-hour-and-45-minute film amounts to a single scene and two quick and wordless flashbacks. Jen Yamatostaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Bruce Lee’s family calls ‘Once Upon a Time’ ‘a mockery.’ Is it insult or homage?," 31 July 2019

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First Known Use of wordless

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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27 Nov 2019

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“Wordless.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wordlessly. Accessed 10 December 2019.

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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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