inarticulate


1in·ar·tic·u·late

adjective \-kyə-lət\

: not able to express ideas clearly and effectively in speech or writing : not articulate

: not able to speak

: not expressed clearly or easily understood

Full Definition of INARTICULATE

1
a of a sound :  uttered or formed without the definite articulations of intelligible speech
b (1) :  incapable of speech especially under stress of emotion :  mute
(2) :  incapable of being expressed by speech <inarticulate fear> (3) :  not voiced or expressed :  unspoken <society functions on many inarticulate premises>
2
:  incapable of giving coherent, clear, or effective expression to one's ideas or feelings
3
[New Latin inarticulatus, from Latin in- + New Latin articulatus articulate] :  relating to, characteristic of, or being an inarticulate or its shell
in·ar·tic·u·late·ly adverb
in·ar·tic·u·late·ness noun

Examples of INARTICULATE

  1. He's smart, but somewhat inarticulate.
  2. I was almost inarticulate with rage.

Origin of INARTICULATE

Late Latin inarticulatus, from Latin in- + articulatus, past participle of articulare to utter distinctly — more at articulate
First Known Use: 1603

Other Grammar and Linguistics Terms

ablaut, allusion, anacoluthon, diacritic, gerund, idiom, infinitive, metaphor, semiotics, simile

2inarticulate

noun

Definition of INARTICULATE

:  any of a class (Inarticulata) of brachiopods lacking a hinge connecting the two shell valves

First Known Use of INARTICULATE

1952

Other Invertebrates (Except Insects) Terms

anemone, cephalopod, quahog

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