from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Impossible to describe adequately.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Not describable; incapable of being described.
  • Trousers (a humorous euphemism).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Incapable of being described.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Impossible, or very difficult to describe.
  • adjective Exceeding all description.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective defying expression or description


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From in- + describe + -able.


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  • I'm tempted to call it "indescribable," except we need to describe it, eh?

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  • ANDERSON COOPER, CNN ANCHOR: Nancy, you know, they continue to just be -- I don ` t want to use the word indescribable because, you know, frankly, it ` s my job to try to describe it and seems like a cop-out.

    CNN Transcript Sep 8, 2005 2005

  • On the occasion of the betrothal she had arrived late, dressed in indescribable odds and ends, with an artificial red flower stuck into her frowzy wig.

    The Promised Land 1912

  • We marched [30 Oct.] to Madrid, or rather its suburbs, where the poor inhabitants were in indescribable distress, seeing that they were again to be abandoned to French clemency and contributions.

    The Autobiography of Liuetenant-General Sir Harry Smith, Baronet of Aliwal on the Sutlej, G. C. B. 1903

  • I think there was a certain indescribable reserve of gravity upon them all, but there was not one whose lips did not part in a white line when looking at me, nor whose eyes and ears did not watch me with an interest as benign as it was intent.

    Daisy 1868

  • It was with a twitch of this kind, and a certain indescribable twinkle of his somewhat melancholy eye, as he seemed intuitively to form a hasty conception of the oddity of his appearance to a stranger unused to the bush, that he welcomed me to his clearing.

    Roughing It in the Bush 1852

  • Yet there was something superior, Atherton thought, something more tasteful, in short, indescribable, about this female.

    A Peep at the Pilgrims in Sixteen Hundred Thirty-Six 1825

  • The zipping allows us sensory delights which can only remain indescribable.

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  • Historian/music critic Greil Marcus coined the term "yarragh" to refer to the indescribable impact of "certain sounds, certain small moments inside a song which can then suggest whole territories, completed stories, indistinct ceremonies, far outside anything that can be literally traced in the compositions that carry them."

    Michael Sigman: Jeff Beck at 67: Perennial Guitar Hero Michael Sigman 2012

  • Many sources downplay the toxicity factor and riddle toxins as unknown and indescribable, which is far from the truth.

    Kim Evans: Health Care: Scientific or Rational? 2009


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  • Once you label something as indescribable, it then has a description, which no longer makes it indescribable. (Wikipedia)

    June 6, 2008

  • That's stupid. Wikipedia, you're stupid. Indescribable is the absence of a description, not a description itself.

    June 9, 2008

  • indesCRibABle

    March 5, 2012