Simple Definition of inarticulate
: 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
Examples of inarticulate in a sentence
He's smart, but somewhat inarticulate.
I was almost inarticulate with rage.
Origin and Etymology of inarticulate
Late Latin inarticulatus, from Latin in- + articulatus, past participle of articulare to utter distinctly — more at articulate
First Known Use: 1603
Definition of inarticulate
: any of a class (Inarticulata) of brachiopods lacking a hinge connecting the two shell valves
First Known Use of inarticulate
INARTICULATE Defined for Kids
Definition of inarticulate for Students
1 : not able to express ideas or feelings clearly and easily <an inarticulate speaker>
2 : not understandable as spoken words <an inarticulate mumble>
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