Definition of speechless in English:

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speechless

Pronunciation: /ˈspēCHləs/

adjective

1Unable to speak, especially as the temporary result of shock or some 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.
Synonyms
lost for words, at a loss (for words), dumbstruck, dumbfounded, bereft of speech, tongue-tied, inarticulate, mute, dumb, voiceless, silent
informal mum
1.1Unable to be expressed in words: surges of speechless passion

Derivatives

speechlessly

Pronunciation: /ˈspēCHləslē/
adverb
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.

speechlessness

Pronunciation: /ˈspēCHləsnəs/
noun
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.

Origin

Old English spǣclēas (see speech, -less).

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: speech·less

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