speaking [spee-king] ExamplesWord Origin noun
- the act, utterance, or discourse of a person who speaks.
- speakings, literary works composed for recitation, as ancient bardic poetry; oral literature.
- that speaks.
- used in, suited to, or involving speaking or talking: the speaking voice.
- of or relating 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.
Origin of speaking Middle English word dating back to 1200–50; see origin at speak, -ing1, -ing2 Related formsspeak·ing·ly, adverbspeak·ing·ness, nounnon·speak·ing, adjectivewell-speak·ing, adjective Examples from the Web for well-speaking Historical Examples of well-speaking
To be wise is the use of wisdom, as seeing is the use of eyes and well-speaking the use of eloquence.
L. W. Yaggy
British Dictionary definitions for well-speaking speaking adjective
- (prenominal) eloquent, impressive, or striking
- able to speak
- (in combination)able to speak a particular languageFrench-speaking