SYNONYMS | EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN adjective lacking the ability to express oneself, especially in clear and effective speech: an inarticulate public speaker. unable to use articulate speech: inarticulate with rage. not articulate; not uttered or emitted with expressive or intelligible modulations: His mouth stuffed, he could utter only inarticulate sounds. not fully expressed or expressible: a voice choked with inarticulate agony. . Anatomy, Zoology not jointed; having no articulation or joint. Origin of inarticulate
dating back to
articulate Related forms in·ar·tic·u·late·ly, adverb in·ar·tic·u·late·ness, noun Synonyms for inarticulate
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Examples from the Web for inarticulately Historical Examples of inarticulately
inarticulately, they feel that the world's advantages are for them and for their children.
Well may mankind shriek,
inarticulately anathematising as they can.
Margerine, whom we left a fortnight ago
inarticulately gurgling by the trout-stream, caught the note of a step in the briar-patch.
I heard Holgate's voice raised wheezily in orders, and the replies of the men came back to me
He kissed the hand of Mrs. Stafford, and
inarticulately expressed his thanks for her goodness to his sister. British Dictionary definitions for inarticulately adjective unable to express oneself fluently or clearly; incoherent (of speech, language, etc) unclear or incomprehensible; unintelligible inarticulate grunts unable to speak; dumb unable to be expressed; unvoiced inarticulate suffering biology having no joints, segments, or articulation Derived Forms inarticulately, adverb inarticulateness or inarticulacy, noun
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Word Origin and History for inarticulately adj.
c.1600, "not clear or intelligible" (of speech), from Late Latin
inarticulatus "inarticulate, indistinct," from in- "not" (see in- (1)) + articulatus, past participle of articulare (see articulation). Related: Inarticulately; inarticulateness.
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inarticulately in Medicine inarticulate [ĭn′är-tĭk ′yə-lĭt] adj. Uttered without the use of normal words or syllables; incomprehensible as speech or language. Unable to speak; speechless. Unable to speak with clarity or eloquence. Not having joints or segments. Related forms in′ar•tic null ′u•late•ness n.
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