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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.
Synonym Study
See still1. Unabridged
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  • It had the movements of a serpent and the noiselessness of a jungle tiger.

    Old Broadbrim Into the Heart of Australia Author of "Old Broadbrim"
  • The little Jap was gone with the speed and noiselessness of a mouse.

    Officer 666 Barton W. Currie
  • No Indian who ever lived could have equaled him in swiftness and noiselessness.

  • He had sighted the sparrow-hawk, and was warily stalking her, hence the noiselessness of his approach.

    Haviland's Chum Bertram Mitford
  • The effort to raise it cautiously was indicated not by any noiselessness but by the long duration of the sound.

    The Tyranny of Weakness Charles Neville Buck
  • When at last it was fitted and stealthily turned with an attempt at noiselessness, the door refused to yield.

    The Tyranny of Weakness Charles Neville Buck
  • The panel slid upward with a noiselessness that spoke for well-oiled machinery somewhere in the walls.

  • A mouse ran across the floor, something cracked—a flash of sound flaring up in the noiselessness.


    Maksim Gorky
  • A great many stories have been told about the noiselessness of smokeless powder.

  • The priestess herself, in her garnet-colored robe, moved about the room with the noiselessness of a shadow.

    The Rest Hollow Mystery Rebecca N. Porter
British Dictionary definitions for noiselessness


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



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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