- The definition of inarticulate is something or someone lacking clarity of speech.
A person who fumbles over his words and cannot explain himself is an example of someone who would be described as inarticulate.
inarticulate definition by Webster's New World
- produced without the normal articulation of understandable speech: said of vocal sounds: an inarticulate cry
- not able to speak, as because of strong emotion; mute
- not able to speak understandably, effectively, or coherently
- not expressed or able to be expressed: inarticulate passion
- Zool. without joints, segments, hinges, or valves
Origin: Late Latin inarticulatus: see in- and amp; articulate
inarticulate definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- 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).
- Unable to speak; speechless: inarticulate with astonishment.
- Unable to speak with clarity or eloquence: an inarticulate debater.
- Going unexpressed: inarticulate sorrow.
- Biology Not having joints or segments.
- inˌar·ticˈu·late·ly adverb
- inˌar·ticˈu·late·ness, inˌar·ticˈu·la·cy noun
inarticulate - Medical Definition
- 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.
- inarticulateness, inˌar·ticˈu·la·cy noun