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 indescribably

Contemporary Examples of indescribably

Historical Examples of indescribably

  • Indescribably eerie was the look of Preston that Sunday morning.

  • I was indescribably grieved to read of the death of Nightingale.

  • It was a Sunday and we were in the tent, indescribably glad of a day's rest.

    The Trail of '98

    Robert W. Service

  • It was indescribably bitter to think that he was no longer the hero she had thought him to be.

    We Two

    Edna Lyall

  • And there were other sounds, indescribably faint, yet strangely clear.

    Wandl the Invader

    Raymond King Cummings

British Dictionary definitions for indescribably



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



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

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