unmentionable

[uhn-men-shuh-nuh-buh l]

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.

Nearby words

  1. unmeasurable,
  2. unmeasured,
  3. unmediated,
  4. unmeet,
  5. unmemorable,
  6. unmentionables,
  7. unmentioned,
  8. unmerciful,
  9. unmercifully,
  10. 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 unmentionables

unmentionables

pl n

mainly jocular underwear

unmentionable

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 unmentionables

unmentionable

adj.

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

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