- lacking the ability to express oneself, especially in clear and effective speech: an inarticulate public speaker.
- unable to use articulate speech: inarticulate with rage.
- not articulate; not uttered or emitted with expressive or intelligible modulations: His mouth stuffed, he could utter only inarticulate sounds.
- not fully expressed or expressible: a voice choked with inarticulate agony.
- Anatomy, Zoology. not jointed; having no articulation or joint.
- unable to express oneself fluently or clearly; incoherent
- (of speech, language, etc) unclear or incomprehensible; unintelligibleinarticulate grunts
- unable to speak; dumb
- unable to be expressed; unvoicedinarticulate suffering
- biology having no joints, segments, or articulation
c.1600, “not clear or intelligible” (of speech), from Late Latin inarticulatus “inarticulate, indistinct,” from in- “not” (see in- (1)) + articulatus, past participle of articulare (see articulation). Related: Inarticulately; inarticulateness.
- Uttered without the use of normal words or syllables; incomprehensible as speech or language.
- Unable to speak; speechless.
- Unable to speak with clarity or eloquence.
- Not having joints or segments.