unutterable

[uhn-uht-er-uh-buh l]

adjective

not communicable by utterance; unspeakable; beyond expression: unutterable joy.
not utterable; not pronounceable: an unutterable foreign word.

Nearby words

  1. unusable,
  2. unused,
  3. unusual,
  4. unusuality,
  5. unusually,
  6. unvaccinated,
  7. unvalued,
  8. unvanquished,
  9. unvarnished,
  10. unvarnished truth

Origin of unutterable

1580–90; un-1 + utterable

Related formsun·ut·ter·a·bly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for unutterable

unutterable

adjective

incapable of being expressed in words
Derived Formsunutterableness, noununutterably, adverb

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Word Origin and History for unutterable

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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