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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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  • He set his teeth and a wordless prayer went up from his heart.

    The Black Buccaneer Stephen W. Meader
  • He gurgled a wordless appeal for help, and then perceived that she was lashed into her chair.

    Blow The Man Down Holman Day
  • She no longer sang her wordless songs, no longer played for hours on the little old melodeon by the western door.

    Tharon of Lost Valley Vingie E. Roe
  • "Hello," he replied, and stood an instant in wordless surprise.

    A Spoil of Office Hamlin Garland
  • But Marion's mother heart yearned over her boy and his wordless sorrowing.

    A Soldier's Trial Charles King
  • He liked the silence and the wordless enjoyment in her face.

    A Little Girl in Old Boston Amanda Millie Douglas
  • At any other time or place I might have felt offended; but I was now embarrassed, wordless, and plunged in problems.

  • Almost sullenly he followed her down the road, wordless, bewildered, and despairing.

    The Plunderer Roy Norton
  • It was wordless and formless, just an inarticulate cry for help in the hour of need.

    Sandy Alice Hegan Rice
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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