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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. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for unprintable
Historical Examples
  • As for the caretakers of the parks their comment on this matter is unprintable.

    The Old World in the New Edward Alsworth Ross
  • Well, if she's of such high station, why is she such an (unprintable)?

    Court Beauties of Old Whitehall W. R. H. Trowbridge
  • They are so abominable that details are unprintable in clean newspapers.

    The Soul of Susan Yellam

    Horace Annesley Vachell
  • When he gave voice to the unprintable remark above he was through.

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

    Half Portions Edna Ferber
  • 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
  • Fromentin was singing,—a ribald marching song, an unprintable thing, salacious and vilifying the Boches.

    The Wasted Generation Owen Johnson
  • He would say some rude, unprintable thing, and turn his back on that preposterous organization.

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

British Dictionary definitions for unprintable


unsuitable for printing for reasons of obscenity, libel, bad taste, etc
Derived Forms
unprintableness, noun
unprintably, adverb
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