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speaking

[spee-king] /ˈspi kɪŋ/
noun
1.
the act, utterance, or discourse of a person who speaks.
2.
speakings, literary works composed for recitation, as ancient bardic poetry; oral literature.
adjective
3.
that speaks.
4.
used in, suited to, or involving speaking or talking:
the speaking voice.
5.
of or relating to declamation.
6.
giving information as if by speech:
a speaking proof of a thing.
7.
highly expressive:
speaking eyes.
8.
lifelike:
a speaking likeness.
Idioms
9.
not on speaking terms, not or no longer in a relationship of open, willing, or ready communication, as because of resentment or estrangement:
They had a squabble during the holidays, and now they're not on speaking terms.
10.
on speaking terms,
  1. in a relationship close enough for or limited to friendly superficialities:
    I don't know the hosts well, but we are certainly on speaking terms.
  2. in a relationship of open, willing, or ready communication:
    Now that the debt has been settled, I hope you and your partner are on speaking terms again.
Origin
1200-1250
1200-50; Middle English; see speak, -ing1, -ing2
Related forms
speakingly, adverb
speakingness, noun
nonspeaking, adjective
well-speaking, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for well-speaking

speaking

/ˈspiːkɪŋ/
adjective
1.
(prenominal) eloquent, impressive, or striking
2.
  1. able to speak
  2. (in combination) able to speak a particular language: French-speaking
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