From Middle English specheles, from Old English sprǣċlēas (“speechless; without the power of speak”), from Proto-Germanic *sprēkalausaz, equivalent to speech + -less. Cognate with West Frisian sprakeleas (“speechless”), Dutch sprakeloos (“speechless”), German Low German spraaklos (“speechless”), German sprachlos (“speechless”).
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speechless (not comparable)
- not speaking; not knowing what to say; silent, especially due to surprise, amazement, etc.
- When he walked into his surprise birthday party, he was completely speechless.