- speach (obsolete)
From Middle English speche, from Old English spǣċ, sprǣċ (“speech, discourse, language”), from Proto-West Germanic *sprāku (“speech, language”), from Proto-Indo-European *spereg-, *spreg- (“to make a sound”). Cognate with Dutch spraak (“speech”), German Sprache (“language, speech”). More at speak.
- (uncountable) The ability to speak; the faculty of uttering words or articulate sounds and vocalizations to communicate.
- He had a bad speech impediment.
- After the accident she lost her speech.
- 1918, W[illiam] B[abington] Maxwell, chapter XII, in The Mirror and the Lamp, Indianapolis, Ind.: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, →OCLC:
- All this was extraordinarily distasteful to Churchill. It was ugly, gross. Never before had he felt such repulsion when the vicar displayed his characteristic bluntness or coarseness of speech. In the present connexion […] such talk had been distressingly out of place.
- 1960, P[elham] G[renville] Wodehouse, “XV and XVIII”, in Jeeves in the Offing, London: Herbert Jenkins, →OCLC:
- I was at liberty to attend to Wilbert, who I could see desired speech with me. […] As far as Bobbie and I were concerned, silence reigned, this novel twist in the scenario having wiped speech from our lips, as the expression is, but Phyllis continued vocal. […] For perhaps a quarter of a minute after he had passed from the scene the aged relative stood struggling for utterance. At the end of this period she found speech. “Of all the damn silly fatheaded things!”
- (uncountable) The act of speaking, a certain style of it.
- Synonyms: see Thesaurus:speech
- It was hard to hear his speech over the noise.
- Her speech was soft and lilting.
- (countable) A formal session of speaking, especially a long oral message given publicly by one person.
- Synonyms: address, allocution, monologue, oration, soliloquy
- The candidate made some ambitious promises in his campaign speech.
- 1960, P[elham] G[renville] Wodehouse, “I and XII”, in Jeeves in the Offing, London: Herbert Jenkins, →OCLC:
- He's going to present the prizes at Market Snodsbury Grammar School. We've been caught short as usual, and somebody has got to make a speech on ideals and the great world outside to those blasted boys, so he fits in nicely. I believe he's a very fine speaker. His only trouble is that he's stymied unless he has his speech with him and can read it. Calls it referring to his notes. […] “So that's why he's been going about looking like a dead fish. I suppose Roberta broke the engagement?” “In a speech lasting five minutes without a pause for breath.”
- (countable) A dialect, vernacular, or (dated) a language.
- Synonyms: see Thesaurus:language
- 1542, Andrew Boorde, The Fyrst Boke of the Introduction of Knowledge:
- The speche of Englande is a base speche to other noble speches, as Italion, Castylion, and Frenche; howbeit the speche of Englande of late dayes is amended.
- (uncountable) Language used orally, rather than in writing.
- This word is mostly used in speech.
- (grammar) An utterance that is quoted; see direct speech, reported speech
- (uncountable) Public talk, news, gossip, rumour.
- 1613 (date written), William Shakespeare, [John Fletcher], “The Famous History of the Life of King Henry the Eight”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, →OCLC, [Act I, scene iii]:
- The duke […] did of me demand / What was the speech among the Londoners / Concerning the French journey.
- acceptance speech
- avoidance speech
- caretaker speech
- figure of speech
- free as in speech
- freedom of speech
- free indirect speech
- free speech
- free speech zone
- hate speech
- helium speech
- impulsive speech
- indirect speech
- keynote speech
- King's speech
- maiden speech
- oblique speech
- opening speech
- part of speech
- pressure of speech
- Queen's speech
- running speech
- second-hand speech
- speech act
- speech balloon
- speech bubble
- speech community
- speech day
- speech disfluency
- speech disorder
- speech fright
- speech impediment
- speech path
- speech pathologist
- speech recognition
- speech tag
- speech therapist
- speech therapy
- speech way
- stump speech
- symbolic speech
- twin speech
- visible speech
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- (transitive, intransitive) To make a speech; to harangue.
- 1731, The Statesman: A New Court Ballad, page 7:
- So to Speeching he did go, / And like a Man of Senſe, / He certainly ſaid Ay or No,
- 1965 June, “Wales, Land of Bards”, in National Geographic, volume 127, number 6:
- "He wasn't one to make himself big," said Mr. Jones. "But he had something that drew the people when he was speeching... When he came down we all used to shout 'Lloyd George am byth!' You know, 'Lloyd George forever!' That was just how we felt."
speech m (plural speechs)
- “speech”, in Trésor de la langue française informatisé [Digitized Treasury of the French Language], 2012.
speech n (plural speech-uri)