- (prenominal) eloquent, impressive, or striking
- able to speak
- (in combination) able to speak a particular language: French-speaking
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- used when talking normally:His speaking voice barely rose above a whisper.
- (not) on speaking terms, (not) communicating or friendly:(not) on speaking terms with her sister.
- speaking of, [no object] (used to make a connection between a subject that has been raised and a new subject related to the first one):I like the custom of bringing presents to someone's home when you visit. Speaking of presents, you should get a box from us before Christmas.
- the act, utterance, or discourse of a person who speaks.
- Literaturespeakings, literary works composed for recitation, as ancient bardic poetry;
- that speaks.
- used in, suited to, or involving speaking or talking:the speaking voice.
- Rhetoricof or pertaining to declamation.
- giving information as if by speech:a speaking proof of a thing.
- highly expressive:speaking eyes.
- lifelike:a speaking likeness.
- not on speaking terms, not or no longer in a relationship of open, willing, or ready communication, as because of resentment or estrangement:They had a squabble during the holidays, and now they're not on speaking terms.
- on speaking terms:
- in a relationship close enough for or limited to friendly superficialities:I don't know the hosts well, but we are certainly on speaking terms.
- in a relationship of open, willing, or ready communication:Now that the debt has been settled, I hope you and your partner are on speaking terms again.
- 1200–50; Middle English; see speak, -ing1, -ing2