Definitions

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

  • adj. Not expressed in words; unspoken. wordless animosity; wordless joy.
  • adj. Inarticulate; silent: wordless spectators.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Conveyed without the use of words; unspoken or unsaid.
  • adj. Unable or unwilling to speak; dumb, silent or inarticulate.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Not using words; not speaking; silent; speechless.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Silent; speechless.
  • Unexpressed in words.

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

  • adj. expressed without speech

Etymologies

word +‎ -less (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Mrs. Cavers leaned forward, straining her eyes after the cloud of dust that marked the pacing horse's progress, clasping and unclasping her hands in wordless misery.

    The Second Chance

  • She had spent the long night by the kitchen fire listening to the raging of the storm, Martha close beside her in wordless sympathy, and when Dr. Clay came in with the good news that the operation was over, and the great man believed that Libby Anne would live, she was almost hysterical with joy.

    The Second Chance

  • One minute the ball went close to Millford's goal and Mrs. Watson and Mrs. Perkins clutched each other's hands in wordless dread; but the wiry form of Teddy Watson shot up in the air and the ball bounced back into the Millford captain's stick.

    The Second Chance

  • She sat upon the ground absorbed in wordless despair, when through the gusty wind and bickering rain she thought she heard her name called.

    II.8

  • It's entirely wordless, which is actually a pretty clever choice on Robinson's part, as it allows for a number of surprising fake-out moments that might not have been so surprising if Robinson had allowed his characters the opportunity to speak through their situations.

    The Hurting

  • It was just the kind of wordless symbolism in which McQueen used to specialise.

    Alexander McQueen: family and fashion royalty pay tributes at St Paul's

  • She uses very few words (though Robot Dreams isn't truly a "wordless" book, as I discussed back here).

    Robot Nightmares

  • The label "wordless" seems to mean something different when applied to children's picture books.

    Archive 2008-02-01

  • Chicken and Cat got labeled as "wordless" because it doesn't have words where most picture books do.

    Archive 2008-02-01

  • One of the "wordless" suggestions is Tomie dePaola's wonderful Pancakes for Breakfast.

    End-o'-the-Week Kid-Lit Roundup

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  • I didn't think that this was a word, but I was wrong.

    January 27, 2011