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[uhn-uht-er-uh-buh l] /ʌnˈʌt ər ə bəl/
not communicable by utterance; unspeakable; beyond expression:
unutterable joy.
not utterable; not pronounceable:
an unutterable foreign word.
Origin of unutterable
1580-90; un-1 + utterable
Related forms
unutterably, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for unutterable
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  • To his unutterable astonishment Andy rose and stepped between him and the door.

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
  • He held out his arms, but, to his unutterable surprise, the girl recoiled from him.

    Henry Dunbar M. E. Braddon
  • She laid her hand upon it, and in a tone of unutterable tenderness said, 'Man-Steenie!'

    Heather and Snow George MacDonald
  • She saw a soul laid bare before her in all its unutterable vileness.

    Louisiana Lou William West Winter
  • But he saw at last to the bottom of them; saw there unutterable sorrow and love.

    Louisiana Lou William West Winter
  • "You did not want me," said the girl, in a tone of unutterable pain.

    A Son of Hagar

    Sir Hall Caine
  • Slowly then, smiling with unutterable malice, Marzak lowered his bow.

    The Sea-Hawk Raphael Sabatini
  • A look of unutterable concern displacing the happiness on her features.

    The Strollers Frederic S. Isham
  • He told me he was experiencing a feeling of unutterable relief, of vengeful elation.

    Lord Jim Joseph Conrad
  • "You are angry," remarked the official, with an unutterable simplicity of tone and manner.

    Under Western Eyes Joseph Conrad
British Dictionary definitions for unutterable


incapable of being expressed in words
Derived Forms
unutterableness, noun
unutterably, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for unutterable

1580s, from un- (1) "not" + utterable (see utter (v.)). As a noun, from 1788; unutterables as a euphemism for "trousers" is recorded by 1843.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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