- the act, utterance, or discourse of a person who speaks.
- speakings, literary works composed for recitation, as ancient bardic poetry; oral literature.
- not on speaking terms, not or no longer in a relationship of open, willing, or ready communication, as because of resentment or estrangement: They had a squabble during the holidays, and now they're not on speaking terms.
- on speaking terms,
- in a relationship close enough for or limited to friendly superficialities: I don't know the hosts well, but we are certainly on speaking terms.
- in a relationship of open, willing, or ready communication: Now that the debt has been settled, I hope you and your partner are on speaking terms again.
Origin of speaking
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- (of a part in a play) not having any lines to speak
- (prenominal) eloquent, impressive, or striking
- able to speak
- (in combination)able to speak a particular languageFrench-speaking