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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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  • With one the playing is dull, lifeless and sapless, with the other there is something that is indescribably wonderful.

    Great Pianists on Piano Playing James Francis Cooke
  • indescribably eerie was the look of Preston that Sunday morning.

  • She was indescribably beautiful, but was so whimsical and hard to please that she drove her father to despair.

    Italian Popular Tales Thomas Frederick Crane
  • I was indescribably grieved to read of the death of Nightingale.

  • There was a bitter, sardonic laugh that accompanied these words, indescribably painful to hear.

  • It was indescribably bitter to think that he was no longer the hero she had thought him to be.

    We Two Edna Lyall
  • Here are scenes and subjects unlimited in number, and indescribably attractive.

  • And there were other sounds, indescribably faint, yet strangely clear.

    Wandl the Invader Raymond King Cummings
  • I found the cell somewhat larger than the ordinary private compartment of the prison, but indescribably damp, fetid, and dismal.

    My Fire Opal, and Other Tales Sarah Warner Brooks
British Dictionary definitions for indescribably


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



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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