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

I can't tell you what he said because it's unprintable. Does the file contain any unprintable characters?
Recent Examples on the Web The final third of this movie takes being an [unprintable] to surprisingly despicable places. Wesley Morris, New York Times, "Uncouth, Cranky and Rude: Movies in 1988 Were a Far Cry From Today," 2 Oct. 2020 See the suck and say ... something unprintable to it. The Washington Post, "Carolyn Hax Live: 'Even the dog'," 31 July 2020 The actor, who also sings some of the songs on the soundtrack, has gained a massive Instagram following and a legion of fans who tweet unprintable remarks to him on a regular basis. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "Why People Are Obsessed With a Terrible Polish Erotic Thriller," 26 June 2020 What was never clearly explained: how or when Bryant managed to pick up a few unprintable words in Doncic’s native tongue. Marc Stein, New York Times, "Luka Doncic Is Good, in Any Language," 15 Feb. 2020 Twitter’s response to Kid Rock was immediate, personal, essentially one-sided and largely unprintable — but here are a few of the clean replies. Los Angeles Times, "Kid Rock’s sexist tweet about Taylor Swift’s politics — and ‘Hollyweird’ — backfires," 9 Aug. 2019 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

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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 19 Jan. 2021.

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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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