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Unable to speak, especially as the temporary result of shock or strong emotion:‘he was speechless with rage’
silent, unspoken, unexpressed, wordless, unsaid, unvoicedlost for words, at a loss for words, struck dumb, dumbstruck, bereft of speech, tongue-tied, unable to get a word out, inarticulateView synonyms
- ‘Justin was speechless with surprise, but I think I was more surprised than he.’
- ‘I was just about speechless with fury, and indignation on Sam's part.’
- ‘Sabriel found herself completely speechless when Darius gradually raised his head and she saw silent tears streaming down his face.’
- ‘When Mario hung up the phone as well, he was silent and speechless.’
- ‘She was speechless, and searched her mind for words.’
- ‘I was struck speechless at these words and I didn't understand at all what she meant.’
- ‘She could only sit speechless, no words would come to her lips.’
- ‘She clung to every word, speechless, not daring to breathe until it was over.’
- ‘She nodded, speechless with happiness for the first time in ages.’
- ‘If someone made me describe this wonderful view, I would be struck speechless with the beauty of it all.’
- ‘Her words stung him and left him momentarily speechless.’
- ‘I blinked, completely blind-sided by his words, and completely speechless.’
- ‘Abashed, I stared at him speechless, trying to form words.’
- ‘That wave, that great, magnificent wave, was the grand finale, leaving all the sailors dumb and speechless.’
- ‘Jerwon and Tania, still a little speechless, paused in silent contemplation before following them.’
- ‘Denise was too speechless to even utter a single word.’
- ‘She stared hard at the blonde, and fumbled for words, but was speechless.’
- ‘She turned to look at Milo, trying to find the right words to say, but instead found herself speechless.’
- ‘The four friends sat in the room for some time, speechless with grief.’
- ‘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.’
Old English spǣclēas (see speech, -less).
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