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unmentionable

[uhn-men-shuh-nuh-buh l] /ʌnˈmɛn ʃə nə bəl/
adjective
1.
not mentionable; inappropriate, unfit, or improper for mention, as in polite conversation; unspeakable.
noun
2.
something that is not to be mentioned:
That subject was classed among the unmentionables.
3.
unmentionables.
  1. undergarments.
  2. (formerly) trousers or breeches.
Origin
1820-1830
1820-30; un-1 + mentionable
Related forms
unmentionableness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for unmentionables

unmentionables

/ʌnˈmɛnʃənəbəlz/
plural noun
1.
(mainly jocular) underwear

unmentionable

/ʌnˈmɛnʃənəbəl/
adjective
1.
  1. unsuitable or forbidden as a topic of conversation
  2. (as noun): the unmentionable
Derived Forms
unmentionableness, noun
unmentionably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for unmentionables

unmentionable

adj.

1837, from un- (1) "not" + mentionable. Unmentionables "trousers" is attested from 1823; meaning "underwear" is recorded from 1910.

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Slang definitions & phrases for unmentionables

unmentionables

noun

Underwear; undergarments: required to don upper and lower unmentionables (1910+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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