Definition of inarticulate adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˌɪnɑːˈtɪkjələt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌɪnɑːrˈtɪkjələt//
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  1. 1(of people) not able to express ideas or feelings clearly or easily
  2. 2(of speech) not using clear words; not expressed clearly an inarticulate reply See related entries: Language skills
  3. opposite articulate
    Word Originearly 17th cent.: from in- ‘not’ + the adjective articulate; the sense ‘not clearly pronounced’ corresponds to that of late Latin inarticulatus.Extra examples He gave a particularly inarticulate reply. She was inarticulate with rage. You can’t expect an inarticulate young child to defend himself in court.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: inarticulate