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inarticulate
used in David Copperfield

3 uses
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Definition unable to communicate clearly (or to use words) in various senses such as:
  • unable to find good words to express oneself — "She gets nervous and inarticulate whenever he's around."
  • verbally expressing a feeling without words — "She uttered an inarticulate cry of despair."
  • unable to make oneself heard and understood — "She mumbled inarticulately."
  • unable to speak — "She was inarticulate with rage."


or (more rarely): a feeling or idea that is not expressed — as in "We shared an inarticulate fear."
  • Her sobs broke out afresh, and she murmured some inarticulate thanks to me for not having driven her away from the door.
    Chapters 46-48 (47% in)
  • The manner in which he struggled through these inarticulate sentences, and, whenever he found himself getting near the name of Heep, fought his way on to it, dashed at it in a fainting state, and brought it out with a vehemence little less than marvellous, was frightful; but now, when he sank into a chair, steaming, and looked at us, with every possible colour in his face that had no business there, and an endless procession of lumps following one another in hot haste up his throat,...
    Chapters 49-51 (28% in)
  • Always inarticulate and stifled.
    Chapters 55-57 (54% in)

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