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speechless

[speech-lis] /ˈspitʃ lɪs/
adjective
1.
temporarily deprived of speech by strong emotion, physical weakness, exhaustion, etc.:
speechless with alarm.
2.
characterized by absence or loss of speech:
speechless joy.
3.
lacking the faculty of speech; dumb.
4.
not expressed in speech or words:
speechless compliments.
5.
refraining from speech.
Origin
1000
before 1000; Middle English specheles, Old English spǣclēas. See speech, -less
Related forms
speechlessly, adverb
speechlessness, noun
Synonyms
1. dumfounded, shocked, mute. 3. silent, mute.
Antonyms
1–3. loquacious, voluble, talkative.
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Examples from the web for speechless
  • Visiting the museum and reading parts of your book left me speechless and gasping for air.
  • When astronauts landed on the moon he gasped, mopped his brow and was speechless.
  • He found himself speechless for long moments afterward.
  • The people experience is mind-boggling and ultimately leaves you feeling speechless.
  • And yet, these videos leave me speechless with terror.
  • She was rendered speechless by this display of psychology and she said she now regarded cabdrivers with a newfound respect.
  • He also stuttered grotesquely, often rendered speechless by the impediment.
  • She transformed speechless stone into eloquent shapes and forms.
  • It was the only time anyone could remember seeing my father rendered speechless.
  • Over the years he watched his friend lie in a nursing home, motionless, speechless and unable to feed himself.
British Dictionary definitions for speechless

speechless

/ˈspiːtʃlɪs/
adjective
1.
not able to speak
2.
temporarily deprived of speech
3.
not expressed or able to be expressed in words: speechless fear
Derived Forms
speechlessly, adverb
speechlessness, noun
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Word Origin and History for speechless
adj.

Old English spæcleas "permanently mute;" see speech + -less. Meaning "mute by effect of astonishment" is from late 14c. Related: Speechlessly; speechlessness.

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