un·​print·​able ˌən-ˈprin-tə-bəl How to pronounce unprintable (audio)
: unfit to be printed
especially : too obscene or offensive to be shown in print
unprintable epithets

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 Some unprintable and exceedingly personal comments from Florida star Matthew Tkachuk, including some about a member of Tomas Nosek’s family, accidentally made the live broadcast this series. Matt Porter, BostonGlobe.com, 23 Apr. 2023 Many of them are unprintable. Marlow Stern, Rolling Stone, 17 Dec. 2022 The unofficial answer was probably unprintable. John Cassidy, The New Yorker, 23 Dec. 2020 Just know, losers: Many not only prove quite raunchy; some tout unprintable vengeful wit. Pat Myers, Washington Post, 23 Nov. 2022 And the overqualified cast engages in some amusingly unprintable banter even if the movie seems to be taunting us with missed opportunities for levity. Chris Hewitt, Star Tribune, 6 May 2021 Not to mention quite a number of unprintable words. Corey S Powell, Discover Magazine, 11 Aug. 2013 With Tombstone, there are A LOT of stories that are unprintable. Marlow Stern, Rolling Stone, 17 Dec. 2022 Almost everyone has a clever pseudonym — Jonathan is trying to convince everyone to call him Jack, which will make a funny riff out of the dirty, unprintable name of their band. Carolyn Kellogg, BostonGlobe.com, 1 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1830, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unprintable was in 1830

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“Unprintable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unprintable. Accessed 30 Sep. 2023.

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un·​print·​able ˌən-ˈprint-ə-bəl How to pronounce unprintable (audio)
: unfit to be printed
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