un·​pro·​nounce·​able ˌən-prə-ˈnau̇n(t)-sə-bəl How to pronounce unpronounceable (audio)
: impossible or very difficult to say : not pronounceable
an unpronounceable sequence of letters
an unpronounceable name

Examples of unpronounceable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Instead, Marina settled in a two-bedroom on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, where people find her name both forgettable and unpronounceable. Virginia Heffernan, WIRED, 14 Feb. 2024 But with the recent explosion of products in the category, finding a quality powder can be a mind-numbing experience full of confusing acronyms, unpronounceable ingredients, and suspicious health claims. Jenny McCoy, Glamour, 2 Feb. 2024 One main category of HER2 therapies is monoclonal antibodies (which come with unpronounceable names like pertuzumab, trastuzumab, and margetuximab). Petra Guglielmetti, Glamour, 4 Dec. 2023 Only the incredibly florid, practically unpronounceable names have changed. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 16 Nov. 2023 There are a huge number of seemingly interchangeable kids’ cases on Amazon, from companies with unpronounceable names like LTROP and BMOUO. Nick Guy, wsj.com, 25 Sep. 2023 The music world has seen countless reinventions, rehabilitations, transformations and image overhauls, but there’s never been anything quite like Prince changing his name to an unpronounceable symbol on his 35th birthday, 30 years ago today. Jem Aswad, Variety, 7 June 2023 Big Agriculture — or Big Ag, the consolidation of farming into corporations — has been forced, at the very least, to adopt the appearance of making food less unpronounceable, less damaging to our health, and more local. Caty Enders, BostonGlobe.com, 4 May 2023 The comedy is inherent, onstage as on TV, in requiring folks from Chichester and Wembley to follow skeletal recipes for obscure Eastern European cheesecakes with unpronounceable names. Peter Marks, Washington Post, 20 Apr. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1620, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unpronounceable was in 1620

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“Unpronounceable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unpronounceable. Accessed 18 May. 2024.

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