Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Lacking the faculty of speech.
  • adj. Temporarily unable to speak, as through astonishment.
  • adj. Refraining from speech; silent.
  • adj. Unexpressed or inexpressible in words: speechless admiration.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. not speaking; not knowing what to say; silent, especially due to surprise, amazement, etc.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Destitute or deprived of the faculty of speech.
  • adj. Not speaking for a time; dumb; mute; silent.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Not having or not using the faculty of speech; unable to speak; dumb; mute.
  • Refraining or restrained from speech; not speaking, either of purpose or from present inability: as, to stand speechless before one′ s accusers; speechless from terror.
  • Characterized by the absence of speech; unexpressed; unattended by spoken words.
  • Using few words; concise.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. temporarily incapable of speaking

Etymologies

From speech +‎ -less (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The stone walls and wooden elements of the house are impressive design elements, but what can really leave one speechless is the natural environment.

    Modern Barrow House in Melbourne, Australia

  • And speechless is not the right word either, because he ends up saying one word.

    sometimes a thesaurus is just no good

  • But Dick hushed him with a warning glance directed toward Oh Dear who still held the bronze spurs in speechless helplessness.

    CHAPTER XXXI

  • Hegan shook his head in speechless sadness and continued to stare.

    Chapter XXIII

  • I look at her in speechless conspiratorial despair and .. her lips form the silent word “Help!”.

    Take Me To The River

  • I have found the easiest way to render a moonbat speechless is to ask them to back up their rant of the moment with facts.

    Sound Politics: Time Out!

  • If your reading group has decided to treat itself to a Mooreland sojourn, you'll discover that there's plenty to say about the town's most imaginative little girl (even if she did remain speechless until age three).

    A Girl Named Zippy by Haven Kimmel: Questions

  • The suddenness and the vastness of it took away the breath of the old chief, Kow-Whi, and he could only gaze in speechless wonder.

    The "Fuzziness" of Hoockla-Heen

  • They clung to each other in speechless satisfaction as Uncle Henry guided the surrey up to the marble stepping-stone.

    Understood Betsy

  • Then, forgetting her fright, she stood staring in speechless amazement.

    Katrinka: The Story of a Russian Child

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