in·​di·​gest·​ible ˌin-(ˌ)dī-ˈje-stə-bəl How to pronounce indigestible (audio)
: not digestible : not easily digested
indigestible noun

Example Sentences

Their presentation was an indigestible mass of information.
Recent Examples on the Web These foods contain a type of phosphorus that is indigestible to the pigs, so farmers also feed their pigs an enzyme called phytase to allow the animals to break down and digest the phosphorus. Aline Reynolds, Discover Magazine, 2 Apr. 2010 Its exact causes are still uncertain, but its growth may be spurred by the irritation created by indigestible elements in the foods eaten by the whales, such as the beaks of cuttlefish, which are almost invariably found in ambergris. Mallory Locklear, Discover Magazine, 12 Oct. 2014 Another signature move of the Haywood phenomenon is cyclones of swirling dust that suck up everyone and everything in their path before belching out the indigestible metal and plastic bits hours, or even days, later. Katie Rife, Vulture, 22 July 2022 This smorgasbord of changes suggests that the young rodents’ encounters with antibiotics had changed the microbes in their guts, to a cadre that was better at harvesting calories from otherwise indigestible food. Ed Yong, Discover Magazine, 23 Aug. 2012 The result is an overload of images, both indigestible and irresistible. Vince Aletti, The New Yorker, 11 Nov. 2022 Probiotic tablets generally include live microorganisms, whereas prebiotic pills usually contain indigestible carbohydrates. The Salt Lake Tribune, 7 June 2022 Children who had hated English lessons, who had experienced literature as daunting and indigestible, were practically running into the classroom to find out what was going to happen next in the stories. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, 16 Sep. 2022 Bridget was a writer with an indigestible Irish past of her own. Lore Segal, The New Yorker, 28 July 2022 See More

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Word History


Middle English, from Late Latin indigestibilis, from Latin in- + Late Latin digestibilis digestible

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of indigestible was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Indigestible.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition


in·​di·​gest·​ible ˌin-dī-ˈjes-tə-bəl How to pronounce indigestible (audio)
: not digestible or easily digested

Medical Definition


in·​di·​gest·​ible ˌin-(ˌ)dī-ˈjes-tə-bəl, -də- How to pronounce indigestible (audio)
: not digestible : not easily digested
a diet with much indigestible fiber
indigestibility noun
plural indigestibilities

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