(adjective) to not be able to read or write in a specific language. Used loosely, it can describe someone who is just an incredibly sloppy speller.
About 75% of the definitions on Urbandictionary.com are made by people who are illiterate
by Rakeman June 1, 2005
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Chingy,that crappy lil pop rapper who can't spell!
Right Thurr("there" you stupid motherfucker)!

Holidae Inn(It's Holiday Inn genius)!
by Nite August 1, 2004
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People who cannot read or write
90% of people on Internet are illiterate
by messer May 9, 2005
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A moron with the approximate education of a fly at best.
Illiterate guy no. 1: Hay hw is evRe1?
Me: Pardon?
Illiterate guy no. 1: uh WTF DUS TAT MEEN?
Me: Sorry, I do not understand.
Illiterate guy no. 1: WTF DUS TAT TINN MEEN!!??????!11111111ONE///
Me: Nevermind.
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A person who is unable to read or write. Basically, an unintelligent person who has the approximate education of a second grade English student, if not worse.
This is how a LITERATE person would write what you just TRIED to write.
by Anonymous June 30, 2003
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A user on a website who lacks the proper literacy skills needed to communicate properly. They spell words with "shorthand" spelling, known as chatspeak. Words are spelled with singly letters, number replace letters in some words.

These people claim that they type that way because it's quicker & easier, which shows tell-tale signs of lazyness. They accuse people who type properly of being elitists.
Man, I'm glad that illiterate is gone. Couldn't he read that this is a Literates room?
by Morava March 7, 2007
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Pronunciation: \(ˌ)i(l)-ˈli-t(ə-)rət
Function: Adjective
Etymology: Middle English, from Latin illiteratus, from in- + litteratus literate
Date: 15th century
1: having little or no education ; especially : unable to read or write <an illiterate population>
2 a: showing or marked by a lack of familiarity with language and literature <an illiterate magazine> b: violating approved patterns of speaking or writing
3: showing or marked by a lack of acquaintance with the fundamentals of a particular field of knowledge <musically illiterate>
synonyms see ignorant
1. From the letter A through to the letter Z, the authors of this website's content have done nothing but show to the world that they are in fact......illiterate. All synonms apply.

2. When our country routinely ranks 24th (or worse) amongst the top 25 industrialized nations of the world in academic ability, why do we glorify that which is so grossly illiterate and ignorant. Do we really want to become a nation so inable to compete in global markets that our grandchildren /great-grandchildren will work for a bowl of rice a day? It WILL be our fate unless we start raising our standards. Including our humor.
It starts in the gutter, raise it out of the gutter and everything else becomes elevated. It has to start somewhere, why not here?
3. As citizens of a free (kind of) nation
we have the absolute right to be ignorant and illiterate. But why would we want to? I don't get it.
by Linguistic_abhorrence April 16, 2009
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