Adjective "speechless" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Unable to speak, especially as the temporary result of shock or strong emotion.
  1. 'That wave, that great, magnificent wave, was the grand finale, leaving all the sailors dumb and speechless.'
  2. 'Sabriel found herself completely speechless when Darius gradually raised his head and she saw silent tears streaming down his face.'
  3. 'She clung to every word, speechless, not daring to breathe until it was over.'
  4. 'She turned to look at Milo, trying to find the right words to say, but instead found herself speechless.'
  5. 'For once in his lifetime, it seemed as if my father, a man who always had to get the last word in, was completely and utterly speechless.'
  6. 'Jerwon and Tania, still a little speechless, paused in silent contemplation before following them.'
  7. 'I was struck speechless at these words and I didn't understand at all what she meant.'
  8. 'She was speechless, and searched her mind for words.'
  9. 'She nodded, speechless with happiness for the first time in ages.'
  10. 'She stared hard at the blonde, and fumbled for words, but was speechless.'


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.

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be speechless for moments."

"people can be speechless with wonders."

"people can be speechless with rages."

"people can be speechless with people."

"people can be speechless with mixtures."

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Old English spǣclēas (see speech, -less).