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[noiz-lis] /ˈnɔɪz lɪs/
accompanied by or making little or no noise; silent; quiet:
a noiseless step; a noiseless typewriter.
Origin of noiseless
First recorded in 1595-1605; noise + -less
Related forms
noiselessly, adverb
noiselessness, noun
inaudible, soundless.
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  • He moved with alert assurance, lithely balanced on the balls of his feet, noiselessly.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • He slipped into the house as noiselessly as his four soft feet could carry him.

    The Little Colonel Annie Fellows Johnston
  • We noiselessly cocked our weapons and Charlotte and I each sank to one knee.

    The Cavalier George Washington Cable
  • Everything was done so quickly, so noiselessly, that not a soul in the house could have heard.

    The Inn at the Red Oak Latta Griswold
  • I ought to have retreated as noiselessly as I came in, before my presence was detected.

    The Room in the Dragon Volant J. Sheridan LeFanu
  • But suddenly she retreated into her own room, and noiselessly closed the door.

    Wilfrid Cumbermede George MacDonald
  • The steel shutters were closed, but a pull swung them noiselessly outward.

    The Bluff of the Hawk Anthony Gilmore
  • It was like a ship, in a dream, noiselessly striking a rock where no rock is.

    Dr. Sevier George W. Cable
  • The smothering canopy was then lowered, but not so noiselessly as I had seen it lowered.

  • As noiselessly as she had approached, Manikawan now retreated to a safe distance.

    The Gaunt Gray Wolf Dillon Wallace
British Dictionary definitions for noiselessly


making little or no sound; silent
Derived Forms
noiselessly, adverb
noiselessness, noun
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Word Origin and History for noiselessly



c.1600, from noise (n.) + -less. Related: Noiselessly; noiselessness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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