[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

Related Words for inaudibly

softly, weakly, faintly, murmuring, noiselessly, tacitly

Examples from the Web for inaudibly

Historical Examples of inaudibly

  • “Good-night, Adelaide,” I said, inaudibly; and she loosed my hand.

    The First Violin

    Jessie Fothergill

  • She muttered something, but inaudibly, and they went on as before.

  • Insensibly and inaudibly my soul speaks to its own, and prepares it even now.


    Edward Bulwer Lytton

  • "He has fooled you," she murmured, inaudibly, before he spoke.

  • I do, said Aunt Pussy, as inaudibly as a bride at the altar.

    The Romance of His Life

    Mary Cholmondeley

British Dictionary definitions for inaudibly



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



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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