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[uhn-prin-tuh-buh l] /ʌnˈprɪn tə bəl/
improper or unfit for print, especially because of obscenity or offensiveness.
Origin of unprintable
First recorded in 1855-60; un-1 + printable
Related forms
unprintableness, noun
unprintably, adverb Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Much of what he wrote is unprintable, for after all, he tried to write an honest autobiography.

    Against the Current Edward A. Steiner
  • Well, if she's of such high station, why is she such an (unprintable)?

    Court Beauties of Old Whitehall W. R. H. Trowbridge
  • Better gloriously drunk than ignominiously admonished by an unprintable hiatus of a Y.M. Padre!

  • Your true garage man's feeling for electrics is unprintable.

    Half Portions Edna Ferber
  • Paula gave a little scream, while Tod let loose a flow of unprintable profanity.

    John Marsh's Millions Charles Klein
  • This is not all that the superintendent said: there were forewords and interjections, emphatic but unprintable.

    The Grafters Francis Lynde
  • Steve was whispering delighted oaths to himself, and in his joy applying to the Virginian one unprintable name after another.

    The Virginian Owen Wister
  • He added a torrent of unprintable Russian and kicked the woman into a swamp of syrup, whisky and flour.

  • Many are the unprintable anecdotes related with regard to this failing, when the most exalted personages were conversing with him.

    Old Country Inns of England Henry P. Maskell
  • Hjalmar swore horribly, in the unprintable filth of the mountain tongue, and his brothers joined in.

    The Planet Savers Marion Zimmer Bradley
British Dictionary definitions for unprintable


unsuitable for printing for reasons of obscenity, libel, bad taste, etc
Derived Forms
unprintableness, noun
unprintably, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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