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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 unutterably
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  • I leaned against the mantel, relieved by his going, but unutterably lonely.

    The Bacillus of Beauty Harriet Stark
  • They were unutterably shy of religious expression, and to read was their only chance.

    The Comrade In White W. H. Leathem
  • The man was so contemptible; so unutterably low and 257 vile and cowardly.

    Louisiana Lou William West Winter
  • These heights are incomparably, unutterably beyond vision and union.

    The Golden Fountain Lilian Staveley
  • At last Andre-Louis began to speak, his voice level and unutterably cold.

    Scaramouche Rafael Sabatini
  • And a vast stillness reigns, mournful, ominous, unutterably sad.

    The Crimson Tide Robert W. Chambers
  • The lines he had made that day were unutterably sacred and sweet to him.

    Despair's Last Journey David Christie Murray
  • His life was unutterably grand, his burial must be on the same scale.

    The Wedding Ring T. De Witt Talmage
  • Robespierre was unutterably outraged by the proceedings of the atheists.

  • It was so unutterably horrible, thinking of what must have happened to her and to others like her!

    Triplanetary Edward Elmer Smith
British Dictionary definitions for unutterably


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 unutterably



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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