Definition of be lost for words in English:

be lost for words


  • Be so surprised, confused, or upset that one cannot think what to say.

    ‘never loquacious, Sarah was now totally lost for words’
    • ‘I was lost for words - it was like a dream to see everyone helping me out.’
    • ‘'It's the only time I've ever been lost for words,’ he said.’
    • ‘‘I thought you were lost for words,’ I murmured softly to myself.’
    • ‘He said: ‘I was lost for words, I didn't envisage it, but it made me feel great.’’
    • ‘I am not known for being lost for words but there was a moment when my mouth fell open and I was silent.’
    • ‘John was lost for words at the prospect of the team facing the all-Ireland final.’
    • ‘He was lost for words, waving his hands over his head as his mouth opened and closed noiselessly.’
    • ‘And then, suddenly, the devastation hit and I simply was lost for words, and I didn't really know what we could do.’
    • ‘Talking about the contribution of his son, this father was lost for words.’
    • ‘For perhaps the only time in their lives, you imagine, both were lost for words.’
    marvel, be amazed, be filled with amazement, be filled with admiration, be astonished, be surprised, be awed, stand in awe, be full of wonder, be lost for words, not believe one's ears, not believe one's eyes, not know what to say, be dumbfounded, gape, goggle, gawk
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