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

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  • unutterable — unutterable, inexpressible, unspeakable, ineffable, indescribable, indefinable mean incapable of being told or described. All are often nothing more than intensives implying an extreme that goes beyond the power of words to express. In its more… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Unutterable — Un*ut ter*a*ble, a. Not utterable; incapable of being spoken or voiced; inexpressible; ineffable; unspeakable; as, unutterable anguish. [1913 Webster] Sighed and looked unutterable things. Thomson. [1913 Webster] {Un*ut ter*a*ble*ness}, n. {Un*ut …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • unutterable — index ineffable Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • unutterable — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ too great or awful to describe. DERIVATIVES unutterably adverb …   English terms dictionary

  • unutterable — [unut′ər ə bəl] adj. 1. Rare that cannot easily be pronounced 2. that cannot be expressed or described; inexpressible unutterably adv …   English World dictionary

  • unutterable — [[t]ʌnʌ̱tərəb(ə)l[/t]] ADJ GRADED: ADJ n (emphasis) You can use unutterable to emphasize that something, especially a bad quality, is great in degree or intensity. [WRITTEN] I am at the beginning of a new and unutterable loneliness.… …   English dictionary

  • unutterable — unutterably, adv. /un ut euhr euh beuhl/, adj. 1. not communicable by utterance; unspeakable; beyond expression: unutterable joy. 2. not utterable; not pronounceable: an unutterable foreign word. [1580 90; UN 1 + UTTERABLE] * * * …   Universalium

  • unutterable — adjective formal an unutterable feeling is too extreme to be expressed in words: unutterable sadness unutterably adverb …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • unutterable — adj. inexpressible; beyond description (unutterable torment; an unutterable fool). Derivatives: unutterableness n. unutterably adv …   Useful english dictionary

  • unutterable — adjective Date: circa 1586 being beyond the powers of description ; inexpressible < an unutterable tragedy > • unutterably adverb …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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