[uhn-uht-er-uh-buh l]


not communicable by utterance; unspeakable; beyond expression: unutterable joy.
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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Examples from the Web for unutterably

Historical Examples of unutterably

  • I leaned against the mantel, relieved by his going, but unutterably lonely.

  • They were unutterably shy of religious expression, and to read was their only chance.

  • The man was so contemptible; so unutterably low and 257 vile and cowardly.

    Louisiana Lou

    William West Winter

  • These heights are incomparably, unutterably beyond vision and union.

    The Golden Fountain

    Lilian Staveley

  • At last Andre-Louis began to speak, his voice level and unutterably cold.


    Rafael Sabatini

British Dictionary definitions for unutterably



incapable of being expressed in words
Derived Formsunutterableness, noununutterably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for unutterably



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper