unutterable

[uhn-uht-er-uh-buh l]
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adjective
  1. not communicable by utterance; unspeakable; beyond expression: unutterable joy.
  2. not utterable; not pronounceable: an unutterable foreign word.

Origin of unutterable

1580–90; un-1 + utterable
Related formsun·ut·ter·a·bly, adverb
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Historical Examples of unutterable

  • To his unutterable astonishment Andy rose and stepped between him and the door.

  • He held out his arms, but, to his unutterable surprise, the girl recoiled from him.

    Henry Dunbar

    M. E. Braddon

  • She laid her hand upon it, and in a tone of unutterable tenderness said, 'Man-Steenie!'

    Heather and Snow

    George MacDonald

  • She saw a soul laid bare before her in all its unutterable vileness.

    Louisiana Lou

    William West Winter

  • But he saw at last to the bottom of them; saw there unutterable sorrow and love.

    Louisiana Lou

    William West Winter


British Dictionary definitions for unutterable

unutterable

adjective
  1. incapable of being expressed in words
Derived Formsunutterableness, noununutterably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for unutterable
adj.

1580s, from un- (1) "not" + utterable (see utter (v.)). As a noun, from 1788; unutterables as a euphemism for "trousers" is recorded by 1843.

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