inarticulate


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in·ar·tic·u·late

 (ĭn′är-tĭk′yə-lĭt)
adj.
1. Uttered without the use of normal words or syllables; incomprehensible as speech or language: "a cry ... that ... sank down into an inarticulate whine" (Jack London).
2. Unable to speak; speechless: inarticulate with astonishment.
3. Unable to speak with clarity or eloquence: an inarticulate debater.
4. Going unexpressed: inarticulate sorrow.
5. Biology Not having joints or segments.

in′ar·tic′u·late·ly adv.
in′ar·tic′u·late·ness, in′ar·tic′u·la·cy (-lə-sē) n.

inarticulate

(ˌɪnɑːˈtɪkjʊlɪt)
adj
1. unable to express oneself fluently or clearly; incoherent
2. (of speech, language, etc) unclear or incomprehensible; unintelligible: inarticulate grunts.
3. unable to speak; dumb
4. unable to be expressed; unvoiced: inarticulate suffering.
5. (Biology) biology having no joints, segments, or articulation
ˌinarˈticulately adv
ˌinarˈticulateness, ˌinarˈticulacy n

in•ar•tic•u•late

(ˌɪn ɑrˈtɪk yə lɪt)

adj.
1. lacking the ability to express oneself, esp. in clear and effective speech: an inarticulate speaker.
2. unable to use articulate speech: inarticulate with rage.
3. not articulate; not uttered or emitted with expressive or intelligible modulations: the baby's inarticulate sounds.
4. not fully expressed or expressible.
5. Anat., Zool. not jointed; lacking joints.
[1595–1605; < Late Latin]
in`ar•tic′u•late•ly, adv.
in`ar•tic′u•late•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.inarticulate - 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"
incommunicative, uncommunicative - not inclined to talk or give information or express opinions
articulate - expressing yourself easily or characterized by clear expressive language; "articulate speech"; "an articulate orator"; "articulate beings"

inarticulate

adjective
1. faltering, halting, hesitant, tongue-tied He was inarticulate and rather shy.
2. incoherent, incomprehensible, unintelligible, unclear, mumbled, muffled, indistinct, poorly spoken He made an inarticulate noise in the back of his throat.
incoherent clear, articulate, coherent, comprehensible, intelligible, well-spoken
3. mute, silent, dumb, unspoken, speechless, wordless, voiceless, unvoiced, unuttered extremes of anger, from inarticulate fury to mild irritation

inarticulate

adjective
1. Lacking the power or faculty of speech:
2. Temporarily unable or unwilling to speak, as from shock or fear:
Translations

inarticulate

[ˌɪnɑːˈtɪkjʊlɪt] ADJ [person] → con dificultad para expresarse; [speech] → mal pronunciado; [noise, sound] → inarticulado
he was inarticulate with ragede lo furioso que estaba no podía pronunciar palabra

inarticulate

[ˌɪnɑːrˈtɪkjʊlət] adj
[person] → qui s'exprime mal
to be inarticulate → avoir beaucoup de mal à s'exprimer
[speech] → indistinct(e)

inarticulate

adj
essayschlecht or unklar ausgedrückt, inartikuliert (geh); speech alsoschwerfällig; she’s very inarticulatesie kann sich kaum or nur schlecht ausdrücken; a brilliant but inarticulate scientistein glänzender, aber wenig wortgewandter Wissenschaftler; inarticulate with ragesprachlos vor Zorn; just a string of inarticulate gruntsnur eine Reihe unverständlicher Grunzlaute
(Zool) → nicht gegliedert

inarticulate

[ˌɪnɑːˈtɪkjʊlɪt] adj (person) → che non sa esprimersi, che si esprime male; (speech) → inarticolato/a, confuso/a

in·ar·tic·u·late

a. inarticulado-a, incapaz de articular palabras o sílabas.
References in classic literature ?
With an effort he sat up, uttering an inarticulate cry.
Grose, but she was there most for Flora; and no moment of my monstrous time was perhaps so extraordinary as that in which I consciously threw out to her-- with the sense that, pale and ravenous demon as she was, she would catch and understand it--an inarticulate message of gratitude.
While the mate was getting the hammer, Ahab, without speaking, was slowly rubbing the gold piece against the skirts of his jacket, as if to heighten its lustre, and without using any words was meanwhile lowly humming to himself, producing a sound so strangely muffled and inarticulate that it seemed the mechanical humming of the wheels of his vitality in him.
As if the poor, dumb heart, threatened,--prisoned,--took refuge in that inarticulate sanctuary of music, and found there a language in which to breathe its prayer to God
The repose of the latter became more and more disturbed; and her sister, who watched, with unremitting attention her continual change of posture, and heard the frequent but inarticulate sounds of complaint which passed her lips, was almost wishing to rouse her from so painful a slumber, when Marianne, suddenly awakened by some accidental noise in the house, started hastily up, and, with feverish wildness, cried out,--
Rochester; and when it caught them, which it soon did, it found a further task in framing the tones, rendered by distance inarticulate, into words.
He noticed this, and thrust at an inner door with the end of his spade, intimating by an inarticulate sound that there was the place where I must go, if I changed my locality.
Her sobs broke out afresh, and she murmured some inarticulate thanks to me for not having driven her away from the door.
The little one, accustomed to be left to itself for long hours without notice from its mother, squatted down on the sack, and spread its tiny hands towards the blaze, in perfect contentment, gurgling and making many inarticulate communications to the cheerful fire, like a new-hatched gosling beginning to find itself comfortable.
Since you have no desire to keep faith with me by upholding the rules, of which you are quite old enough to understand the necessity, I shall not trouble you with reproaches, or appeals to which I am now convinced that you would not respond," (here Miss Carpenter, with an inarticulate protest, burst into tears); "but you should at least think of the danger into which your juniors are led by your childishness.
For forty weeks--long exasperating weeks-- the telephone could do no more than gasp and make strange inarticulate noises.
So great was it, that in a voice inarticulate with rage, with a stammering tongue, and eyes that flashed living fire, he exclaimed, "Rascally clown, boorish, insolent, and ignorant, ill-spoken, foul-mouthed, impudent backbiter and slanderer