Is there a single word or a couple single words that would describe the situation of not being able to fully express/explain your feelings or emotions to someone so that you can get them to understand your situation or point of view? This doesn't quite include feelings.

  • Not able because you are excited? Or sad? Or confused? Or any of the above? Sep 30, 2015 at 20:54
  • that is exactly how I feel trying to answer your question. How about all of the above?
    – anonymous
    Sep 30, 2015 at 20:56
  • do you understand what I mean? do you ever feel that?
    – anonymous
    Sep 30, 2015 at 20:59
  • Do you mean that "you were too overcome with emotion to speak" ?
    – Graffito
    Sep 30, 2015 at 21:11
  • @Graffito no apparently not, according to his response to my answer. Sep 30, 2015 at 21:11

4 Answers 4


I'm having trouble articulating my true feelings.

  • That actually helps a lot more Thanks any more?
    – anonymous
    Sep 30, 2015 at 21:36
  • "Articulate" to me is the most accurate way of saying that but it's not very common. You would need to define it, which defeats the purpose. hard to express is about as long but much more understandable.
    – drawde83
    Sep 30, 2015 at 21:43

This common, general phrase for any emotion might help you out:

be beside oneself - be consumed by an emotion; experience an intense feeling

"I am besides myself right now. I have no words."

And there are these common words:





  • Thanks but that was not what I was looking for. I would like a single word
    – anonymous
    Sep 30, 2015 at 21:06
  • I provided 4 single words. Sep 30, 2015 at 21:09
  • I understand..but what i am looking for doesn't really involve emotions at all until afterwards
    – anonymous
    Sep 30, 2015 at 21:10
  • I don't understand what you are saying. All of the singe words I provided do not involve emotional lack of speech. Sep 30, 2015 at 21:12
  • There is a slight emotion behind it...anyways it's not exactly what I was looking for..can we look for something else?
    – anonymous
    Sep 30, 2015 at 21:14


unable to speak because of anger, surprise, etc. (MW)

As this definition indicates, the cause of the condition is variable: it could be due to a sudden shock, excitement, sadness, anger, or a number of other things.

Taken literally it means a complete inability to express oneself, but in common usage a more figurative meaning is implied:

I never expected to win this award. I'm speechless. I just can't believe it. I'd like to thank my family, friends...

In this imaginary but very common "award acceptance speech," the speaker is obviously not "speechless," since he or she is speaking. But the speaker uses the word to communicate how difficult it is to communicate the depth of his or her feelings in that moment.

  • I'm not sure that fits, it doesn't make me feel surprised,etc. It's not really one you can name with an emotion. Anything else?
    – anonymous
    Sep 30, 2015 at 21:05
  • There are many other ways the word can be used: in response to receiving an amazing gift or show of support, out of anger, out of frustration or confusion, etc. If you want to give us the situation in which you experienced this, that might be helpful. Sep 30, 2015 at 21:10

Perhaps I'm at a loss for words.

  • somewhat but I would like a single word Thanks
    – anonymous
    Sep 30, 2015 at 21:31
  • The phrase at a loss is also used to convey the same intent. It's still not one word, but closer.
    – bib
    Sep 30, 2015 at 21:35
  • closer...kind of that might work
    – anonymous
    Sep 30, 2015 at 21:36

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