1. the act or process of determining the intended meaning of a speaker by utilizing all visual clues accompanying speech attempts, as lip movements, facial expressions, and bodily gestures, used especially by people with impaired hearing.
Compare lipreading.

Origin of speechreading

First recorded in 1890–95; speech + read1 + -ing1


verb (used with or without object), speech·read [speech-red] /ˈspitʃˌrɛd/, speech·read·ing [speech-ree-ding] /ˈspitʃˌri dɪŋ/.
  1. to comprehend by speechreading.
Compare lipread.

Origin of speechread

Related formsspeech·read·er [speech-ree-der] /ˈspitʃˌri dər/, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for speech-reading


  1. another name for lip-reading
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