[ spee-king ]
/ ˈspi kɪŋ /


the act, utterance, or discourse of a person who speaks.
speakings, literary works composed for recitation, as ancient bardic poetry; oral literature.


Idioms for speaking

    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,
    1. 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.
    2. 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

Middle English word dating back to 1200–50; see origin at speak, -ing1, -ing2


speak·ing·ly, adverbspeak·ing·ness, nounnon·speak·ing, adjectivewell-speak·ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for nonspeaking (1 of 2)

/ (nɒnˈspiːkɪŋ) /


(of a part in a play) not having any lines to speak

British Dictionary definitions for nonspeaking (2 of 2)

/ (ˈspiːkɪŋ) /


(prenominal) eloquent, impressive, or striking
  1. able to speak
  2. (in combination) able to speak a particular languageFrench-speaking
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