no speaks

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Etymology[edit]

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Noun[edit]

no speaks (uncountable)

  1. (colloquial) The fact of refusing to speak.
    • 1938, Winifred Strangman, Robert Loraine:
      These three were soon caught up by the bitterness of the play and, owing to the unpleasant things they had to say, think and do to each other, proceeded to be on ‘no speaks’ with each other [...].
    • 2003, Robert Lacey, Monarch: The Life and Reign of Elizabeth II, p. 10:
      In the last summer of her life she had had bitter rows and had been in a state of prolonged "no speaks" with both her mother and her brother Charles.

Adjective[edit]

no speaks (not comparable)

  1. (colloquial) Refusing to speak; uncommunicative.
    • 2010, Marina Hyde, The Guardian, 4 Nov 2010:
      He has added that he is distraught that Tana has "fled" to LA, and is no-speaks with both him and her uncomprehending mother, Greta.