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[wurd-lis] /ˈwɜrd lɪs/
speechless, silent, or mute.
not put into words; unexpressed.
Origin of wordless
1150-1200; Middle English; see word, -less
Related forms
wordlessly, adverb
wordlessness, noun Unabridged
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  • Behind his wordlessness, however, Mr. Masterson nourished a poor opinion of this social movement.

    The Sunset Trail Alfred Henry Lewis
  • Indeed, this wordlessness had for him an extraordinary charm.

    The Gateless Barrier Lucas Malet
  • Then she went out and stood under the tree which in its wordlessness was still a more sympathetic confidant than human beings.

    The Roof Tree Charles Neville Buck
  • As Mr. Coddington listened without comment to the speech his wordlessness was an enigma to the men.

    The Story of Leather Sara Ware Bassett
  • If there were wordlessness for five hundred years, man would seek vast inarticulate words for himself.

    The Lost Art of Reading Gerald Stanley Lee
British Dictionary definitions for wordlessness


inarticulate or silent
(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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