[ in-di-stingkt ]
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  1. not distinct; not clearly marked or defined: indistinct markings.

  2. not clearly distinguishable or perceptible, as to the eye, ear, or mind: He heard an indistinct muttering.

  1. not distinguishing clearly: After the accident he suffered from indistinct vision and faulty hearing.

Origin of indistinct

From the Latin word indistinctus, dating back to 1520–30. See in-3, distinct

Other words for indistinct

Other words from indistinct

  • in·dis·tinct·ly, adverb
  • in·dis·tinct·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use indistinct in a sentence

  • Mrs. Kaye, without turning her head, murmured something indistinctly, and lit another cigarette.

    Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
  • Smiles dimpled every face, and low tones of happiness murmured indistinctly through the room in every pause of the music.

    Ruth | Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
  • Its white front glimmered indistinctly through the trees, showing only one oblong of light on the lower floor.

    Summer | Edith Wharton
  • Grey islets with foam flying over them lay around indistinctly seen through the driving vapour from the gean.

    The British Expedition to the Crimea | William Howard Russell
  • I was to find my place in the rather indistinctly sketched constructions that were implicit in the minds of all our circle.

    The New Machiavelli | Herbert George Wells

British Dictionary definitions for indistinct


/ (ˌɪndɪˈstɪŋkt) /

  1. incapable of being clearly distinguished, as by the eyes, ears, or mind; not distinct

Derived forms of indistinct

  • indistinctly, adverb
  • indistinctness, noun

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