Definition of unspellable in US English:



  • (of a word or name) too difficult to spell.

    ‘an Icelandic volcano with an unpronounceable, unspellable name’
    • ‘The term 'slogan' is indeed derived from an unspellable Gaelic word meaning 'war cry'.’
    • ‘English is so unspellable!’
    • ‘The cost of an unspellable startup name is serious user adoption friction.’
    • ‘The record demands attention first and foremost because of her repertoire of interjections, those irresistible hahs, ahs, heys, hoos, chaows, and other unspellable shrieks, groans, and grunts.’
    • ‘However, it was as a stuntman - aptly once described as the "grandfather of extreme sports" - that Knievel made his unspellable name.’
    • ‘Our last names were unspellable, not to mention being unpronounceable for the few substitute teachers who found their way up north from the real Sweden.’
    • ‘The imperious Wagner came up with yet another one of those unpronounceable, unspellable German humdingers - "gesamptkunstwerk" - which means something along the lines of "the total work of art."’
    • ‘One imagines him uttering an American version of the unspellable Florentine exclamation "Beuh" (which, accompanied by a shrug, means something like "How should I know?").’
    • ‘He is a high school football player cursed with an unpronounceable and unspellable name.’
    • ‘She explained, "When my friends ask me where you are, I answer, 'She lives in an unspellable place'."’