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[in-di-skrahy-buh-buh l] /ˌɪn dɪˈskraɪ bə bəl/
not describable; too extraordinary for description:
a scene of indescribable confusion; indescribable euphoria.
Origin of indescribable
First recorded in 1785-95; in-3 + describable
Related forms
indescribability, indescribableness, noun
indescribably, adverb
overwhelming, indefinable, unutterable. Unabridged
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  • indescribably eerie was the look of Preston that Sunday morning.

  • I was indescribably grieved to read of the death of Nightingale.

  • It was a Sunday and we were in the tent, indescribably glad of a day's rest.

    The Trail of '98

    Robert W. Service
  • It was indescribably bitter to think that he was no longer the hero she had thought him to be.

    We Two Edna Lyall
  • And there were other sounds, indescribably faint, yet strangely clear.

    Wandl the Invader Raymond King Cummings
  • The shadows were indescribably fascinating; they were so horrible and amusing!

  • It was unmusical, unbeautiful, unlively, and indescribably doleful.

  • That night the scene of our camp was indescribably romantic and wild.

    The Gorilla Hunters R.M. Ballantyne
  • The view it commands of the Water Works is indescribably fine.

    The House

    Eugene Field
British Dictionary definitions for indescribably


beyond description; too intense, extreme, etc, for words
Derived Forms
indescribability, indescribableness, noun
indescribably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for indescribably



1794, from in- (1) "not, opposite of" + describable (see describe). Related: Indescribably; indescribability. In same sense, Old English had unasecgendlic.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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