[in-aw-duh-buh l]


not audible; incapable of being heard.

Origin of inaudible

First recorded in 1595–1605; in-3 + audible
Related formsin·au·di·bil·i·ty, in·au·di·ble·ness, nounin·au·di·bly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for inaudible

Contemporary Examples of inaudible

Historical Examples of inaudible

  • Kirkwood settled himself with an inaudible sigh of pleasure.

    The Black Bag

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • He managed to make it inaudible, however; and it was as well that he did.

  • Under cover of the music her voice was inaudible to any one else.

    The Avenger

    E. Phillips Oppenheim

  • The other voice was lower in key and the words were inaudible.

    Keziah Coffin

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • The cabman got on to his box, muttering something that was inaudible.

    A Son of Hagar

    Sir Hall Caine

British Dictionary definitions for inaudible



not loud enough to be heard; not audible
Derived Formsinaudibility or inaudibleness, nouninaudibly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for inaudible

mid-15c., "unfit to be heard;" c.1600, "unable to be heard," from Latin inaudibilis "inaudible," from in- "not" (see in- (1)) + audibilis (see audible). Related: Inaudibly; inaudibility.

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