Definition of speechless in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈspiːtʃləs/


Unable to speak, especially as the temporary result of shock or strong emotion: he was speechless with rage
More example sentences
  • Justin was speechless with surprise, but I think I was more surprised than he.
  • I was just about speechless with fury, and indignation on Sam's part.
  • She nodded, speechless with happiness for the first time in ages.
lost for words, at a loss for words, struck dumb, dumbstruck, bereft of speech, tongue-tied, unable to get a word out, inarticulate;
British informal gobsmacked
rare dumbstricken, mumchance, obmutescent
silent, unspoken, unexpressed, wordless, unsaid, unvoiced



Pronunciation: /ˈspiːtʃ(ə)ləsli/
Example sentences
  • Alice just stared speechlessly in the dark with her hand still covering her silent scream.
  • They just stood there and stared speechlessly.
  • I nodded speechlessly and followed Nathan out the door.


Pronunciation: /ˈspiːtʃ(ə)ləsnəs/
Example sentences
  • He just stood there, shocked to speechlessness.
  • A mixture of confusion and speechlessness crossed his face in a matter of seconds.
  • Jeremy starts talking to one of his friends and I am once again baffled into speechlessness.


Old English spǣclēas (see speech, -less).

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