inexpressive

adjective

in·​ex·​pres·​sive ˌi-nik-ˈspre-siv How to pronounce inexpressive (audio)
1
: lacking expression or meaning
an inexpressive face
2
archaic : inexpressible
inexpressively adverb
inexpressiveness noun

Example Sentences

kept a resolutely inexpressive face throughout the poker game
Recent Examples on the Web Peele mixes modern racial anxieties with sub-Tarantino pop-culture trash, yet his concoction is ultimately inexpressive. Armond White, National Review, 22 July 2022 Roy Andersson’s series of comic-tragic tableaux depict the modern Christian quest for salvation that is abandoned by Denis Villeneuve’s inexpressive sci-fi and David Lowery’s fractured mythology. Armond White, National Review, 7 Jan. 2022 The film and its sequels gave Stewart a legion of fans but, in other quarters, fixed an impression of her as the oddly inexpressive star of mawkish teen movies. Emily Witt, The New Yorker, 15 Nov. 2021 Black-and-white may be convenient visual shorthand for the past, but there’s something flat and inexpressive about these images, scrubbed of grit and buffed to a sharp digital gloss. Los Angeles Times, 11 Nov. 2021 His dad was intimidating, inexpressive, self-centered. Ken Budd, Washington Post, 10 May 2021 Ben Addi is a quiet, inexpressive performer, and his blankness places Ahmed’s inner life firmly off limits. New York Times, 20 Feb. 2020 Romine, 21, remembered Adrio seemed quiet and inexpressive during the trip. Serena O'sullivan, azcentral, 24 June 2019 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1652, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of inexpressive was in 1652

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“Inexpressive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/inexpressive. Accessed 3 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

inexpressive

adjective

in·​ex·​pres·​sive ˌin-ik-ˈspres-iv How to pronounce inexpressive (audio)
: lacking expression or meaning
an inexpressive face
inexpressively adverb
inexpressiveness noun
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