Meaning of word-perfect in English:


(North American letter-perfect)


  • (of an actor or speaker) knowing by heart the words for one's part or speech.

    ‘Burton arrived at the first rehearsal word-perfect’
    • ‘He honed scripts until they were word-perfect and thwarted actors’ attempts to ad lib or modify the text.’
    • ‘He sang his song, accurately, word-perfect, that's all.’
    • ‘Despite the difficulties of putting a performance together over the festive period, the cast was word-perfect on the first night, their comic timing spot-on and the production pacey.’
    • ‘We will be following it to find out if you are indeed word-perfect, and we will report back to our committee.’
    • ‘Rather legendarily, our leading man arrived for the final night's call 40 minutes late and still inebriated, but was word-perfect throughout the production.’
    • ‘He spoke in word-perfect English for 15 minutes.’
    • ‘I'm glad to say that I was word-perfect and that I enjoyed it.’
    • ‘Certain whole chapters and innumerable shorter passages have simply lodged themselves word-perfect in my brain.’
    • ‘This had the side effect of allowing him to print off word-perfect lecture notes - a great boon to those of us who got completely lost five minutes in to the hour.’
    • ‘Yet her word-perfect, positivity-enhanced sound bites couldn't conceal a fundamental aloofness.’
    • ‘So, perhaps it would be wise not to acquire any new stuff until I was word-perfect on all the old stuff.’
    • ‘We feel the law is inherently abusive of Constitutional limits on power, even if its limitations (whatever those are decided to be in the courts) are adhered to letter-perfect.’
    • ‘All right, Ann, this convention to be letter-perfect time wise.’
    • ‘The interior of Haneda was an almost letter-perfect copy of the cabin section of a YS - 11.’
    • ‘His pitch is as word-perfect as it is practised.’
    • ‘Three minutes later, the unemployed man leaves with a word-perfect letter of complaint.’
    • ‘A letter-perfect example of the three-dimensional ‘policy generator’ at work can be cited from a recent field study in Nepal.’
    • ‘We have to get the transmission of a complete sentence down, letter-perfect.’
    • ‘He did not focus exclusively on letter-perfect performance but attempted to enable the child to explore the keyboard, even to compose.’
    • ‘As an added bonus, their contributions need to be letter-perfect in terms of spelling, punctuation, and legibility.’
    factual, fact-based, literal, correct, faithful, exact, close, true, truthful, veracious, true to life, telling it like it is, as it really happened, lifelike, authentic, realistic, fair