speechless

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj speechless temporarily incapable of speaking "struck dumb","speechless with shock"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Speechless Destitute or deprived of the faculty of speech.
    • Speechless Not speaking for a time; dumb; mute; silent. "Speechless with wonder, and half dead with fear."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • speechless Not having or not using the faculty of speech; unable to speak; dumb; mute.
    • speechless Refraining or restrained from speech; not speaking, either of purpose or from present inability: as, to stand speechless before one′ s accusers; speechless from terror.
    • speechless Characterized by the absence of speech; unexpressed; unattended by spoken words.
    • speechless Using few words; concise.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Speechless destitute or deprived of the power of speech
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Quotations

  • James Baldwin
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    “Experience is a private, and a very largely speechless affair.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. spǽc, sprǽc; Ger. sprache.

Usage

In literature:

No wonder then that the pursuers wondered, even to speechlessness.
"The Boy Slaves" by Mayne Reid
She stood like one speechless, tongue-tied, as if in a dream.
"Curious, if True" by Elizabeth Gaskell
For a moment, the girls are speechless, through sheer stark astonishment.
"The Flag of Distress" by Mayne Reid
The pirate stood speechless and bewildered.
"Traditions of Lancashire, Volume 2 (of 2)" by John Roby
Quite beside himself, he looked at the two girls and wanted to say something; but he was speechless.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
Charlotte, also, was very profitably speechless; under her eyes 'Villette' was taking shape.
"Emily Brontë" by A. Mary F. (Agnes Mary Frances) Robinson
The boys gasped in astonishment at the words and looked at each other speechless.
"Boy Scouts in the North Sea" by G. Harvey Ralphson
Lucien was speechless at the sight before his eyes.
"Adventures of a Young Naturalist" by Lucien Biart
The old man was now speechless, and his eyes, bent on the ground, swam with tears.
"A Son of Hagar" by Sir Hall Caine
Speechless, he eluded her, and went for his hat.
"The Convert" by Elizabeth Robins
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In poetry:

And slow, as in a dream of bliss,
The speechless sufferer turns to kiss
Her shadow, as it falls
Upon the darkening walls.
"Santa Filomena. (Birds Of Passage. Flight The First)" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
O Mary! one who bore thy name,
Whose Friend and Master was divine,
Sat waiting silent till He came,
Bowed down in speechless grief like thine.
"In Memory Of Charles Wentworth Upham, Jr." by Oliver Wendell Holmes
'Tis I, my loved vassals!" the warrior exclaimed,….
The voice reached his Editha's ears;
Who, breathless and speechless, soon rushed to his arms,
Her transport betraying by tears.
"The Warrior's Return" by Amelia Opie
How shall I sing? the thing I crave
To say is speechless as a Lover's trance.
How shall I give to thee
What even now is all so wholly thine
That but by losing thee in me
Or me in thee it never can be mine?
"Fragment of Ballad" by Sydney Thompson Dobell
She speechless gazed:--he stands confessed,-- The dark eyes of her Hoel shine;
Her heart has forgotten it e'er was oppressed,
And she murmurs aloud, as she sinks on his breast,
Oh! press my heart to thine.
"The Harp Of Hoel" by William Lisle Bowles
But some day far in the future,
And up from the dust of the dead,
And out of my lips when speechless
The mystical word shall be said,
'Twill come to thee, still as a spirit,
When the soul of the bard has fled.
"What? (To Ethel)" by Abram Joseph Ryan

In news:

"It left me speechless," said Ken Britt, park superintendent, when asked how he reacted to the news.
"Kent cancels Memorial Day parade" I am almost (almost) speechless as to how ridiculous this decision is.
Believe it or not, I am speechless.
There's no shortage of advice, but it may leave you speechless.
Quentin Tarantino Speechless Over Tribute.
As I ran across this album this morning, I find myself speechless.
Coleman told The Daily Progress today that he is "shocked" and "almost speechless" at the possibility that someone would sever the propane line to Perriello's brother's house.
Bears are speechless, thanks to Seattle.
Winning the Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize would render any artist speechless.
Speechless in the Face of Massacre.
Single mom ' speechless ' over grocery store workers' generosity.
A man left speechless .
INTERVIEWS Explosions in the Sky Leave Radio City Speechless .
' Speechless ' to air at later date.
Taylor Swift's Opening Act Left " Speechless " By Her.
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