- lacking the ability to express oneself, especially in clear and effective speech: an inarticulate public speaker.
- unable to use articulate speech: inarticulate with rage.
- not articulate; not uttered or emitted with expressive or intelligible modulations: His mouth stuffed, he could utter only inarticulate sounds.
- not fully expressed or expressible: a voice choked with inarticulate agony.
- Anatomy, Zoology. not jointed; having no articulation or joint.
Origin of inarticulate
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2. mute, dumb.
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Examples from the Web for inarticulately
Dimly, inarticulately, they feel that the world's advantages are for them and for their children.The Next Step
Well may mankind shriek, inarticulately anathematising as they can.The French Revolution
Margerine, whom we left a fortnight ago inarticulately gurgling by the trout-stream, caught the note of a step in the briar-patch.
I heard Holgate's voice raised wheezily in orders, and the replies of the men came back to me inarticulately.Hurricane Island
H. B. Marriott Watson
He kissed the hand of Mrs. Stafford, and inarticulately expressed his thanks for her goodness to his sister.Emmeline
Charlotte Turner Smith
- unable to express oneself fluently or clearly; incoherent
- (of speech, language, etc) unclear or incomprehensible; unintelligibleinarticulate grunts
- unable to speak; dumb
- unable to be expressed; unvoicedinarticulate suffering
- biology having no joints, segments, or articulation
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Word Origin and History for inarticulately
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Uttered without the use of normal words or syllables; incomprehensible as speech or language.
- Unable to speak; speechless.
- Unable to speak with clarity or eloquence.
- Not having joints or segments.
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