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[in-di-skrahy-buh-buh l] /ˌɪn dɪˈskraɪ bə bəl/
not describable; too extraordinary for description:
a scene of indescribable confusion; indescribable euphoria.
Origin of indescribable
1785-95; in-3 + describable
Related forms
indescribability, indescribableness, noun
indescribably, adverb
overwhelming, indefinable, unutterable. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for indescribable
  • There was a kind of spring and lilt to it, quite indescribable by words.
  • The edges of the pads would shift and refocus in subtle, indescribable ways.
  • It was littered with scraps of carrot, shreds of green stuff, and indescribable filth.
  • The edifice was crowded, and an indescribable scene of confusion followed.
  • There is something indescribable about the coat and skirt of to-day.
  • It's a coup de theatre of exalting order, a scene of almost indescribable sweetness and humor followed by desolation.
  • There at the end stands an elaborately and magnificently carved and gilded shrine of indescribable beauty.
  • He received it only weeks before and his dismay at seeing it was indescribable.
  • The panoramic views from the perch are simply indescribable.
  • Their purity and extraordinary depth give the lakes a blueness of indescribable intensity.
British Dictionary definitions for indescribable


beyond description; too intense, extreme, etc, for words
Derived Forms
indescribability, indescribableness, noun
indescribably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for indescribable

1794, from in- (1) "not, opposite of" + describable (see describe). Related: Indescribably; indescribability. In same sense, Old English had unasecgendlic.

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