A Word A Day : Inarticulate

Tuesday, 25th March 2008 : Today's Word is ...


( Adjective )

Pronunciation : ìn-aar-tíkye-let


1. Uttered without the use of normal words or syllables

2. Incomprehensible as speech or language

3. Unable to speak

4. Unable to speak with clarity or eloquence

5. Going unexpressed

6. Biology : Not having joints or segments


Latin articulātus, past participle of articulāre, to divide into joints, utter distinctly, from articulus, small joint - in means anti


blurred, dumb, faltering, halting, hesitant, hesitating, inaudible, incoherent, incomprehensible, indistinct, maundering, muffled, mum, mumbled, mumbling, mute, obscure, reticent, silent, speechless, stammering, tongue-tied, unclear, unintelligible, unspoken, unuttered, unvocal, unvoiced, vague, voiceless, wordless

Implicit means implied though not directly expressed.

Explicit means precisely and clearly expressed.


articulate, fluent, communicative, loquacious, speaking, talkative, verbose

Contextual Examples:

• Demosthenes overcame and rendered more distinct his inarticulate and stammering pronunciation by speaking with pebbles in his mouth.

• With inarticulate cries the men fled in terror, each in a different direction.

• A gale of wind and the thing of mighty sound are inarticulate.

• We heard a cry that sank down into an inarticulate whine.

• With his mouth stuffed, he could utter only inarticulate sounds.

Related Words:

inarticulacy : Noun

inarticulately : Adverb

inarticulateness : Noun

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