[ uhn-prin-tuh-buhl ]

  1. improper or unfit for print, especially because of obscenity or offensiveness.

Origin of unprintable

First recorded in 1855–60; un-1 + printable

Other words from unprintable

  • un·print·a·ble·ness, noun
  • un·print·a·bly, adverb

Words Nearby unprintable

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How to use unprintable in a sentence

  • Fromentin was singing,—a ribald marching song, an unprintable thing, salacious and vilifying the Boches.

    The Wasted Generation | Owen Johnson
  • The idea was to have a group out there, making news, but with a totally unprintable name.

    Little Brother | Cory Doctorow
  • The psssma verba of this innocent creature are therefore frankly unprintable.

    Witching Hill | E. W. Hornung

British Dictionary definitions for unprintable


/ (ʌnˈprɪntəbəl) /

  1. unsuitable for printing for reasons of obscenity, libel, bad taste, etc

Derived forms of unprintable

  • unprintableness, noun
  • unprintably, adverb

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