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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
speak•ing /ˈspikɪŋ/USA pronunciation   adj. 
  1. used when talking normally:His speaking voice barely rose above a whisper.
  1. (not) on speaking terms, (not) communicating or friendly:(not) on speaking terms with her sister.
  2. 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.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
speak•ing  (spēking),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. the act, utterance, or discourse of a person who speaks.
  2. Literaturespeakings, literary works composed for recitation, as ancient bardic poetry;
    oral literature.

  1. that speaks.
  2. used in, suited to, or involving speaking or talking:the speaking voice.
  3. Rhetoricof or pertaining to declamation.
  4. giving information as if by speech:a speaking proof of a thing.
  5. highly expressive:speaking eyes.
  6. lifelike:a speaking likeness.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
speaking•ly, adv. 
speaking•ness, n. 
  • 1200–50; Middle English; see speak, -ing1, -ing2

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

speaking /ˈspiːkɪŋ/ adj
  1. (prenominal) eloquent, impressive, or striking
  2. able to speak
  3. (in combination) able to speak a particular language: French-speaking


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