from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Not legible or decipherable.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Incapable of being read; obscure or defaced so as not to be decipherable; loosely, hard to read.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Incapable of being read; not legible

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Not clear enough to be read; unreadable; not legible or decipherable.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective (of handwriting, print, etc.) not legible


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  • I've always had difficulty pronouncing this word. I have to take it very slowly. I try not to use it for that reason, but I adore the alliteration and construction of it. Billy Bragg makes it even better with this bit: "I said, 'I'm the most illegible bachelor in town.' And she said 'Yeah that's why I could never understand any of those silly letters you sent me.'"


    May 22, 2007

  • Perfectly describes my handwriting.

    May 22, 2007