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[uhn-prin-tuh-buh l] /ʌnˈprɪn tə bəl/
improper or unfit for print, especially because of obscenity or offensiveness.
Origin of unprintable
1855-60; un-1 + printable
Related forms
unprintableness, noun
unprintably, adverb Unabridged
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  • Much of what he wrote is unprintable, for after all, he tried to write an honest autobiography.

    Against the Current Edward A. Steiner
  • Well, if she's of such high station, why is she such an (unprintable)?

    Court Beauties of Old Whitehall W. R. H. Trowbridge
  • Better gloriously drunk than ignominiously admonished by an unprintable hiatus of a Y.M. Padre!

  • Your true garage man's feeling for electrics is unprintable.

    Half Portions Edna Ferber
  • Paula gave a little scream, while Tod let loose a flow of unprintable profanity.

    John Marsh's Millions Charles Klein
  • This is not all that the superintendent said: there were forewords and interjections, emphatic but unprintable.

    The Grafters Francis Lynde
  • Steve was whispering delighted oaths to himself, and in his joy applying to the Virginian one unprintable name after another.

    The Virginian Owen Wister
  • Then the two men glared at and paid their respects to each other in unprintable language.

    Captain Ted Louis Pendleton
  • Many are the unprintable anecdotes related with regard to this failing, when the most exalted personages were conversing with him.

    Old Country Inns of England Henry P. Maskell
  • The answer is unprintable; but it brought not the faintest flush to Stalky's downy cheek.

    Stalky & Co. Rudyard Kipling
British Dictionary definitions for unprintable


unsuitable for printing for reasons of obscenity, libel, bad taste, etc
Derived Forms
unprintableness, noun
unprintably, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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