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[wurd-lis] /ˈwɜrd lɪs/
speechless, silent, or mute.
not put into words; unexpressed.
Origin of wordless
Middle English word dating back to 1150-1200; See origin at word, -less
Related forms
wordlessly, adverb
wordlessness, noun Unabridged
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  • It was a wordless pantomime, the ensuing scene, and Bert watched in amazement.

    Wanderer of Infinity Harl Vincent
  • In his perplexity the wordless accusation that morning had been correct at that.

    Once to Every Man Larry Evans
  • Almost sullenly he followed her down the road, wordless, bewildered, and despairing.

    The Plunderer Roy Norton
  • Then he lifted it into the air with a wordless shout, filled his lungs and laughed.

    Pagan Passions Gordon Randall Garrett
  • I think they all breathed a sort of wordless prayer, then Dick spoke.

    The Heiress of Wyvern Court

    Emilie Searchfield
  • What matters it that he is a wordless man, that he wears not his heart in a book?

    The Voice of the Machines Gerald Stanley Lee
  • It was the thought that had hovered, dim and wordless, in his own mind.

    A Soldier of the Legion C. N. Williamson
  • Matak, gloomy and wordless, relieved the Major of his bag at the door.

    Terry Charles Goff Thomson
  • He gurgled a wordless appeal for help, and then perceived that she was lashed into her chair.

    Blow The Man Down Holman Day
British Dictionary definitions for wordless


inarticulate or silent
(music) of or relating to vocal music that is not provided with an articulated text: a wordless chorus
Derived Forms
wordlessly, adverb
wordlessness, noun
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