[in-ik-spres-uh-buh l]


not expressible; incapable of being uttered or described in words: a scene of inexpressible beauty.


inexpressibles, Archaic. trousers; pants.

Origin of inexpressible

First recorded in 1615–25; in-3 + expressible
Related formsin·ex·press·i·bil·i·ty, in·ex·press·i·ble·ness, nounin·ex·press·i·bly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of inexpressibly

  • This thought is inexpressibly beautiful; and quite, so far as I know, original.

  • It would console him inexpressibly; would be infinitely sweet to him.

    The Mystery of Murray Davenport

    Robert Neilson Stephens

  • With your love and your pride, your sins and your folly, inexpressibly dear to me!

    The First Violin

    Jessie Fothergill

  • It was chilly, too, and the hotel was inexpressibly dreary and uncomfortable.

    A Singer from the Sea

    Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr

  • The day was worse than its predecessor, inexpressibly gloomy and disheartening.

    The Downfall

    Emile Zola

British Dictionary definitions for inexpressibly



too great, etc, to be expressed or uttered; indescribable
Derived Formsinexpressibility or inexpressibleness, nouninexpressibly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for inexpressibly



1620s, from in- (1) "not" + expressible (see express (v.)). Related: Inexpressibly.

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