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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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  • By conventional measures, they were indescribably poor.
  • It is one of the few places in the city where the sky has not been stolen by high and indescribably ugly buildings.
  • Life is indescribably more exquisite and specifically complex than that.
  • People behaved far better than you might ever have imagined they could, and they behaved indescribably badly.
  • The sense of these unseen creatures examining me was indescribably unpleasant.
  • The preoccupations of their denizens are recognized all at once as indescribably petty.
  • How's this for a sales pitch: we're going to take your money and invest it in an almost indescribably complex way.
  • Each component of the dish in the photograph is indescribably delicious.
  • When made correctly, they are indescribably airy and luscious.
  • It's nerve-wracking and indescribably bad, and people even leave during it.
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.

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