- temporarily deprived of speech by strong emotion, physical weakness, exhaustion, etc.: speechless with alarm.
- characterized by absence or loss of speech: speechless joy.
- lacking the faculty of speech; dumb.
- not expressed in speech or words: speechless compliments.
- refraining from speech.
Origin of speechless
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1. dumfounded, shocked, mute. 3. silent, mute.
1–3. loquacious, voluble, talkative.
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Examples from the Web for speechless
Ballinger was at first speechless when asked about the 75 Precinct reception.Protesters Demand Justice For Gurley As Gap Grows Between Cops and NYC
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Aside from a generous helping of boos, the audience was speechless.America’s Poets: Battle Rap Gets Real
July 15, 2014
“I am speechless and astounded, this sentence is inexplicable,” he said.Instagram Attacks Rihanna For Scandalous Photos; Dolce & Gabbana to Appeal Guilty Verdict
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May 1, 2014
I was speechless when Sönke Neitzel called me and told me about the source material he had found.‘Soldaten: Secret WWII Transcripts of German POWs’ by Soenke Neitzel & Harald Welzer
Sönke Neitzel, Harald Welzer
September 24, 2012
In an interview Tuesday, Curry said she was “honored, shocked, and speechless that this little tiny idea … has really taken off.”Berkeley Officially Recognizes Bisexual Pride Day
September 19, 2012
She was speechless; her raised hand did not fall; it was as if she were frozen where she stood.Way of the Lawless
We lifts him up, and he was speechless, and quite black in the face.Tales And Novels, Volume 4 (of 10)
Hawkeye regarded the young man a moment in speechless amazement.The Last of the Mohicans
James Fenimore Cooper
Bohun was speechless for a moment, stricken dumb by a second seizure of fury.
"S'long," said he, and left briskly, leaving Duncan speechless.
- not able to speak
- temporarily deprived of speech
- not expressed or able to be expressed in wordsspeechless fear
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Word Origin and History for speechless
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