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

  • adj. Having no tongue.
  • adj. Lacking the faculty of speech; mute.
  • adj. Speechless; silent.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Having no tongue
  • adj. Lacking speech; mute
  • adj. Making no sound; silent, speechless
  • adj. Expressed without speech; wordless, unspoken

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having no tongue.
  • adj. Hence, speechless; mute.
  • adj. Unnamed; not spoken of.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having no tongue; aglossal.
  • Speechless; voiceless; silent.
  • Unnamed; not spoken of.

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

  • adj. expressed without speech
  • adj. lacking a tongue


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  • She accepted that he was the better writer and would only construct her own stories when he sank into the sleep of tongueless witches.

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  • The huge animal approached the platform, shaking his large wrinkled head, which he raised and sunk, as if impatient, and curling upwards his trunk from time to time, as if to show the gulf of his tongueless mouth.

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  • For his mouth being large, tongueless, and continually open in the water, multitudes of leeches become entangled in his teeth: these, when the crocodile emerges from the river and opens his mouth, are removed by a friendly waterbird, which is allowed to insert its beak without any risk to itself.

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  • The Surinam toad (Pipa pipa), which occurs in South America, is tongueless and is so flat that it appears to have been run over.


  • There is eloquence in the tongueless wind and a melody in the flowing of brooks and the rustling of the reeds beside them which by their inconceivable relation to something within the soul awaken the spirits to a dance of breathless rapture, and bring tears of mysterious tenderness to the eyes like the enthusiasm of patriotic success or the voice of one beloved singing to you alone.

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  • Two little girls whose united ages would hardly be four and twenty, had been open-eyed and tongueless at the foot of the platform.

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  • Lupus nodded, then shrugged and pointed to his tongueless mouth, as if to say: I couldn't taste it anyway.

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  • And from the writings of Robert Ingersoll, a popular late-nineteenth-century thinker, he memorized: “I would rather have been a poor French peasant, and worn wooden shoes, and gone down to the tongueless silence of the dreamless dust than to have been that imperial impersonation of force and murder that covered Europe with blood and tears known as Napoleon Bonaparte.”

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  • But in his heart he'd known how such a threat would end up — the Esquimaux wench's tongueless mouth would stay firmly shut and her huge dark eyes would stare unblinkingly at Crozier and his men until he had to back down or make good on his threat.

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  • These servants were eunuchs, and rendered tongueless.

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