What does inarticulate mean?

Definitions for inarticulate
ˌɪn ɑrˈtɪk yə lɪtinar·tic·u·late

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. inarticulate, unarticulateadjective

    without or deprived of the use of speech or words

    "inarticulate beasts"; "remained stupidly inarticulate and saying something noncommittal"; "inarticulate with rage"; "an inarticulate cry"


  1. Inarticulateadjective

    Incapable of expressing one's ideas or feelings clearly.


  1. inarticulateadjective

    not articulated in normal words

  2. inarticulateadjective


  3. inarticulateadjective

    unable to speak with any clarity

  4. inarticulateadjective

    not having joints or other articulations

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Inarticulateadjective

    Not uttered with distinctness like that of the syllables of human speech.

    Etymology: inarticulé, Fr. in and articulate.

    Observe what inarticulate sounds resemble any of the particular letters. John Wilkins, Math. Magic.

    By the harmony of words we elevate the mind to a sense of devotion; as our solemn musick, which is inarticulate poesy, does in churches. Dryden.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Inarticulateadjective

    not uttered with articulation or intelligible distinctness, as speech or words

  2. Inarticulateadjective

    not jointed or articulated; having no distinct body segments; as, an inarticulate worm

  3. Inarticulateadjective

    without a hinge; -- said of an order (Inarticulata or Ecardines) of brachiopods

  4. Inarticulateadjective

    incapable of articulating

  5. Etymology: [L. inarticulatus; pref. in- not + articulatus articulate.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Inarticulate

    in-är-tik′ūl-āt, adj. not distinct, incapable of speaking distinctly: (zool.) not jointed.—adv. Inartic′ulately.—ns. Inartic′ulateness, Inarticulā′tion, indistinctness of sounds in speaking.


  1. Inarticulate

    not jointed or segmented.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of inarticulate in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of inarticulate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of inarticulate in a Sentence

  1. Rudyard Kipling:

    For undemocratic reasons and for motives not of State, they arrive at their conclusions -- largely inarticulate. Being void of self-expression they confide their views to none; but sometimes in a smoking room, one learns why things were done.

  2. Dan Quayle:

    Verbosity leads to unclear, inarticulate things.

  3. Michael Cohen:

    As an attorney, husband and father there are many injustices that offend me but nothing more than charges of rape or racism. They hit me at my core, in my moment of shock and anger, I made an inarticulate comment - which I do not believe – and which I apologize for entirely.

  4. Donald Trump:

    I'm disappointed that Mo Brooks gave an inarticulate answer and I'll have to find out what Mo Brooks means, if it meant what Mo Brooks sounded like, I would have no problem changing [ my endorsement ] because when you endorse somebody, you endorse somebody based on principle.

  5. Henry Anatole Grunwald:

    Everything can be learned, including, to a very large extent, to be what you are not. You can learn to be pretty if you are plain, charming if you are dull, thin if you are fat, youthful if you are aging, how to write though you are inarticulate, how to make money though you are not good with figures.

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    • A. dangerous
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