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wordless

[wurd-lis] /ˈwɜrd lɪs/
adjective
1.
speechless, silent, or mute.
2.
not put into words; unexpressed.
Origin of wordless
1150-1200
1150-1200; Middle English; see word, -less
Related forms
wordlessly, adverb
wordlessness, noun
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  • He set his teeth and a wordless prayer went up from his heart.

    The Black Buccaneer Stephen W. Meader
  • Almost sullenly he followed her down the road, wordless, bewildered, and despairing.

    The Plunderer Roy Norton
  • She no longer sang her wordless songs, no longer played for hours on the little old melodeon by the western door.

    Tharon of Lost Valley Vingie E. Roe
  • I think they all breathed a sort of wordless prayer, then Dick spoke.

    The Heiress of Wyvern Court Emilie Searchfield
  • But Marion's mother heart yearned over her boy and his wordless sorrowing.

    A Soldier's Trial Charles King
  • Matak, gloomy and wordless, relieved the Major of his bag at the door.

    Terry Charles Goff Thomson
  • At any other time or place I might have felt offended; but I was now embarrassed, wordless, and plunged in problems.

  • He gurgled a wordless appeal for help, and then perceived that she was lashed into her chair.

    Blow The Man Down Holman Day
  • It was wordless and formless, just an inarticulate cry for help in the hour of need.

    Sandy Alice Hegan Rice
British Dictionary definitions for wordless

wordless

/ˈwɜːdlɪs/
adjective
1.
inarticulate or silent
2.
(music) of or relating to vocal music that is not provided with an articulated text: a wordless chorus
Derived Forms
wordlessly, adverb
wordlessness, noun
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