un·​ex·​pres·​sive ˌən-ik-ˈspre-siv How to pronounce unexpressive (audio)
obsolete : ineffable
: not expressive : failing to convey the feeling or meaning intended

Examples of unexpressive in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web My face was an ugly, unexpressive mess. Washington Post, 1 Oct. 2021 Redefine masculinity to include expressing their feelings Too often, masculinity and strength have been marked by a stoic, quiet, emotionally unexpressive presentation. John Duffy, CNN, 9 Mar. 2021 The term, first meant as an insult, was attached to 1960s abstract artists whose work included hulking monoliths and unexpressive canvasses. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, 23 Apr. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1600, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of unexpressive was in 1600

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“Unexpressive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unexpressive. Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

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