[ an-al-fuh-bet-ik, an-al- ]
/ ˌæn æl fəˈbɛt ɪk, ænˌæl- /


not alphabetic: an analphabetic arrangement of letters.
unable to read or write; illiterate: analphabetic peoples.
Phonetics. of or constituting a system of phonetic transcription, as the one devised by Otto Jespersen, that for each sound indicates by separate sets of symbols the articulator, the point of articulation, and the size and shape of the mouth opening.


an illiterate person; analphabet.

Origin of analphabetic

1660–70; < Greek analphábēt(os) not knowing the alphabet (an- an-1 + alphábēt(os) alphabet + -os adj. suffix) + -ic Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for analphabetic


/ (ˌænælfəˈbɛtɪk, ænˌæl-) /


not in alphabetical order

noun, adjective

a less common word for illiterate

Derived Forms

analphabetically, adverb

Word Origin for analphabetic

C20: from Greek analphabētos; see an-, alphabet
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