One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘an almost unreadable photocopy’
illegible, hard to read, indecipherable, unintelligible
faint, faded, pale, indistinct, obscure, scrawled, scribbled, hieroglyphic, squiggly, crabbed
informal clear as mud
2‘the heavy, unreadable novels which so often win prizes’
dull, tedious, boring, uninteresting, dry, dry as dust, as dry as dust, wearisome, difficult, heavy-going, heavy, turgid
incoherent, inarticulate, incomprehensible
3‘Nathan's expression was unreadable’
inscrutable, enigmatic, impenetrable, cryptic, impossible to interpret, mysterious, puzzling, deadpan
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