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unmentionable

[ uhn-men-shuh-nuh-buh l ]
/ ʌnˈmɛn ʃə nə bəl /
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adjective

not mentionable; inappropriate, unfit, or improper for mention, as in polite conversation; unspeakable.

noun

something that is not to be mentioned: That subject was classed among the unmentionables.
unmentionables,
  1. undergarments.
  2. (formerly) trousers or breeches.

RELATED WORDS

taboo, offensive, atrocious, disgraceful, forbidden, off-limits, scandalous, shameful, impermissible

Nearby words

unmeasurable, unmeasured, unmediated, unmeet, unmemorable, unmentionable, unmentionables, unmentioned, unmerciful, unmercifully, unmeritable

Origin of unmentionable

First recorded in 1820–30; un-1 + mentionable
Related formsun·men·tion·a·ble·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for unmentionable

unmentionable

/ (ʌnˈmɛnʃənəbəl) /

adjective

  1. unsuitable or forbidden as a topic of conversation
  2. (as noun)the unmentionable
Derived Formsunmentionableness, noununmentionably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for unmentionable

unmentionable


adj.

1837, from un- (1) "not" + mentionable. Unmentionables "trousers" is attested from 1823; meaning "underwear" is recorded from 1910.

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