un·​print·​able | \ ˌən-ˈprin-tə-bəl How to pronounce unprintable (audio) \

Definition of unprintable

: unfit to be printed especially : too obscene or offensive to be shown in print unprintable epithets

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Examples of unprintable in a Sentence

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Recent Examples on the Web The Surfers made quite the unprintable name for themselves in the 1980s with a bizarre blend of uproarious and nihilistic punk music and equally demented stage shows. René A. Guzman, ExpressNews.com, "Butthole Surfers’ Gibby Haynes talks about his debut young adult novel," 9 Jan. 2020 Cox, 73, insisted in unprintable words that Roy is not based on Fox's Murdoch. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, "Golden Globes 2020: When 'Succession' star Brian Cox found out Elisabeth Murdoch is a fan," 6 Jan. 2020 You'll be hooked from the (unprintable) opening lines of the title track, one of the frankest and funniest starts to an album ever. Patrick Ryan, USA TODAY, "10 best albums of 2019, including Billie Eilish, Lana Del Rey and FKA Twigs," 17 Dec. 2019 Despite incursions by Urban Outfitters, Starbucks and a very fancy CVS, these dozen blocks are still mostly lined with vintage clothing shops, bars, gold grillworks and establishments with unprintable names to keep it real. Los Angeles Times, "Column: How Joe Stern made Hollywood’s Matrix Theater dramatically diverse," 26 Sep. 2019 When reached by text for a comment about his new job, Isabella responded with a two-word brush off, unprintable in this newspaper. Tim Carman, Washington Post, "Mike Isabella, whose D.C. restaurant empire ended amid sexual harassment allegations, is cooking in Florida," 27 Nov. 2019 At the Annoyance: Plenty of improv shows to choose from, plenty with unprintable titles, most for much less than $20. Doug George, chicagotribune.com, "10 improv shows in Chicago for $25 or less," 10 Oct. 2019 The Stones fought to prevent release of the movie with the unprintable title; Frank won the right to screen it under restricted conditions. Karen Wada, Los Angeles Times, "Influential photographer Robert Frank dead at 94," 10 Sep. 2019 Some of the team names will be filthy, funny and unprintable in a family newspaper. Karla Peterson, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Over-the-Line's Miss Emerson Contest isn't what you think it is," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of unprintable

1830, in the meaning defined above

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16 Jan 2020

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“Unprintable.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unprintable. Accessed 23 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of unprintable

: too offensive or shocking to be printed or published
: unable to be printed

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