[in-ahr-tik-yuh-lit] /ˌɪn ɑrˈtɪk yə lɪt/
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; unintelligible: inarticulate grunts
unable to speak; dumb
unable to be expressed; unvoiced: inarticulate 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.
inarticulate in·ar·tic·u·late (ĭn’är-tĭk’yə-lĭt)
in’ar·tic’u·late·ness or in’ar·tic’u·la·cy (-lə-sē) n.
/ˌɪnɑːtɪˈfɪʃəl/ adjective (archaic) 1. not artificial; real; natural 2. inartistic
- In a rut
In a settled or established habit or course of action, especially a boring one. For example, We go to the seashore every summer—we’re in a rut, or After ten years at the same job she says she’s in a rut. This expression alludes to having a wheel stuck in a groove in the road. [ […]
[in-ahr-tis-tik] /ˌɪn ɑrˈtɪs tɪk/ adjective 1. not ; unaesthetic. 2. lacking in sense or appreciation. /ˌɪnɑːˈtɪstɪk/ adjective 1. lacking in artistic skill, appreciation, etc; Philistine adj. 1836, from in- (1) “not” + artistic. Inartistical is attested from 1849.
contraction of in as much, first attested c.1300 as in als mikel, a Northern form. First contracted to in asmuch, then, beginning 14c. and especially since 17c., to one word.