unexpressive

adjective
un·​ex·​pres·​sive | \ ˌən-ik-ˈspre-siv How to pronounce unexpressive (audio) \

Definition of unexpressive

1 obsolete : ineffable
2 : not expressive : failing to convey the feeling or meaning intended

Examples of unexpressive in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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, "Prince Harry opens up: A role model for emotional availability in men and boys," 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, "The Pandemic Has Made a Mockery of Minimalism," 23 Apr. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'unexpressive.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of unexpressive

1600, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about unexpressive

Time Traveler for unexpressive

Time Traveler

The first known use of unexpressive was in 1600

See more words from the same year

Statistics for unexpressive

Cite this Entry

“Unexpressive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unexpressive. Accessed 11 May. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

Comments on unexpressive

What made you want to look up unexpressive? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Star Wars Words Quiz

  • cu jedi training
  • The bounty portion of bounty hunters (such as Boba Fett) comes from a Latin word meaning
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
 AlphaBear 2

Spell words. Make bears.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!