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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Recent Examples on the Web Then Gill chose a nom de keyboard unprintable here—DFV for short—and in late 2020 began anonymously chronicling his GameStop investment, a position eventually swelling from $53,000 to nearly $50 million. Abram Brown, Forbes, 23 Dec. 2021 The exchanges have been particularly brutal for the young, low-level staff members who are tasked with processing constituent calls and have been called an array of unprintable epithets by angry callers, according to the aides. Catie Edmondson, BostonGlobe.com, 10 Nov. 2021 Her screams, unprintable in a family newspaper, were the starting shot of what would end up being a 16-hour marathon. Washington Post, 8 Nov. 2021 Thankfully, the estimable Wall Street investment manager and financial commentator Barry Ritholtz is out Friday with a concise, comprehensive debunking of deficit hawkdom (introduced with a blunt but unprintable term). Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 3 Sep. 2021 Dent’s homer inspired Red Sox Manager Don Zimmer to coin an unprintable nickname for Dent, giving him a new middle name for baseball fans in New England. New York Times, 4 Oct. 2021 Franken’s finest Cruz bit, his chef’s kiss, involves fellow Minnesota Democrat Sen. Amy Klobuchar, a luxury ocean liner and an unprintable bodily function. Washington Post, 21 Sep. 2021 Prosecutors' letter supporting the motion includes several excerpts of the recordings, largely unprintable because of language. Tom Hays, USA TODAY, 14 Sep. 2021 Mystery solved, but not before paradise literally turns to [unprintable word here]. Lorraine Ali, Los Angeles Times, 15 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of unprintable

1830, in the meaning defined above

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“Unprintable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unprintable. Accessed 23 Jan. 2022.

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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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