tongueless

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj tongueless expressed without speech "a mute appeal","a silent curse","best grief is tongueless"- Emily Dickinson","the words stopped at her lips unsounded","unspoken grief","choking exasperation and wordless shame"- Thomas Wolfe"
    • adj tongueless lacking a tongue "tongueless moccasins"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Tongueless Having no tongue.
    • Tongueless Hence, speechless; mute. "What tongueless blocks were they! would they not speak?"
    • Tongueless Unnamed; not spoken of. "One good deed dying tongueless ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • tongueless Having no tongue; aglossal.
    • tongueless Speechless; voiceless; silent.
    • tongueless Unnamed; not spoken of.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Tongueless having no tongue
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. tunge; Ice. tunga, Ger. zunge, the tongue; L. lingua (old form dingua).

Usage

In literature:

Accordingly, they are blind and tongueless, and are placed there for life.
"Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ" by Lew Wallace
He stared into the blue eyes, tongueless and mentally dazed.
"The Valley of Silent Men" by James Oliver Curwood
And his eye was the true soldier's eye, comprehending by signs, investing with life what was tongueless else.
"The Life and Death of Richard Yea-and-Nay" by Maurice Hewlett
The great tongueless bell is another striking accessory to the temple services.
"The Religions of Japan" by William Elliot Griffis
He'd almost forgotten about the tongueless Kid.
"Police Your Planet" by Lester del Rey
Now, since my love is tongueless, know me such Who speak but little 'cause I love so much.
"The Hesperides & Noble Numbers: Vol. 1 and 2" by Robert Herrick
They were like two tongueless hounds upon a hot scent.
"Frank Merriwell's Bravery" by Burt L. Standish
I wish she was a tongueless wonder!
"The Music Master" by Charles Klein
Thou didst love Geordie Dempster; and thy love was weak indeed, if it is to be scared by brainless tongues or tongueless skulls.
"Wilson's Tales of the Borders and of Scotland Volume 17" by Alexander Leighton
He stared into the blue eyes, tongueless and mentally dazed.
"The Valley of Silent Men" by James Oliver Curwood
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In poetry:

But when I hear the music moan
In rooms of thronging laughter,
A tongueless demon drives me forth,
And silence follows after.
"Afterwards" by Clark Ashton Smith
Alas! for many a moon,
That tongueless tower hath cleaved the Sabbath air,
Mute as an obelisk of ice, aglare
Beneath an Arctic noon.
"Christmas" by Henry Timrod
For many a nameless nook and lone,
And many a tongueless hour,
Sees deeds performed whose glories shame
The pride of pomp and power.
"A Ballad Of 1812" by Sarah Anne Curzon
What songless tongueless ghost of sin crept
through the curtains of the night,
And saw my taper burning bright, and knocked,
and bade you enter in?
"The Sphinx" by Oscar Wilde
The molts are tongueless that sang from above the water
Of golgotha at the tip of a reed,
And how a god flimsy as a baby's finger
Shall unhusk himself and steer into the air.
"Flute Notes From A Reedy Pond" by Sylvia Plath
Under the leopard sky of lurid stars
I strove with evil sleep the hot night long,
Dreams dumb and swollen of triumphs without wars,
Of tongueless trumpet and unanswering gong.
"Nightmare" by Gilbert Keith Chesterton