not describable; too extraordinary for description: a scene of indescribable confusion; indescribable euphoria.

Origin of indescribable

First recorded in 1785–95; in-3 + describable
Related formsin·de·scrib·a·bil·i·ty, in·de·scrib·a·ble·ness, nounin·de·scrib·a·bly, adverb

Synonyms for indescribable Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for indescribable

Contemporary Examples of indescribable

Historical Examples of indescribable

  • It was an indescribable change, but Andrew knew that the man had opened his eyes.

  • The peculiar feelings one has who is a "runaway" are indescribable.

    Biography of a Slave

    Charles Thompson

  • There was an indescribable menace in the forger's half-uttered threat.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • There was indescribable rebuke in her slow emphasis of the words.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • I had an indescribable sense that I ought to applaud, as if I were a public meeting.

    Alarms and Discursions

    G. K. Chesterton

British Dictionary definitions for indescribable



beyond description; too intense, extreme, etc, for words
Derived Formsindescribability or indescribableness, nounindescribably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for indescribable

1794, from in- (1) "not, opposite of" + describable (see describe). Related: Indescribably; indescribability. In same sense, Old English had unasecgendlic.

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