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unmentionable

[uhn-men-shuh-nuh-buh l]
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adjective
  1. not mentionable; inappropriate, unfit, or improper for mention, as in polite conversation; unspeakable.
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noun
  1. something that is not to be mentioned: That subject was classed among the unmentionables.
  2. unmentionables,
    1. undergarments.
    2. (formerly) trousers or breeches.
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Origin of unmentionable

First recorded in 1820–30; un-1 + mentionable
Related formsun·men·tion·a·ble·ness, noun
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  • Why the unmentionable mischief do you waste your energies, singing like that at a rehearsal?

    The Dominant Strain

    Anna Chapin Ray

  • Even their quite mentionable episodes had an unmentionable air.

  • We knew suddenly that this place was left from the Unmentionable Times.

    Anthem

    Ayn Rand

  • What kind of world did they have, the men of the Unmentionable Times?

    Anthem

    Ayn Rand

  • We both knew it without words: this house was left from the Unmentionable Times.

    Anthem

    Ayn Rand


British Dictionary definitions for unmentionable

unmentionable

adjective
    1. unsuitable or forbidden as a topic of conversation
    2. (as noun)the unmentionable
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Derived Formsunmentionableness, noununmentionably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for unmentionable

adj.

1837, from un- (1) "not" + mentionable. Unmentionables "trousers" is attested from 1823; meaning "underwear" is recorded from 1910.

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