[ uhn-hurd ]
/ ʌnˈhɜrd /


not heard; not perceived by the ear.
not given a hearing or audience.
Archaic. unheard-of.

Origin of unheard

1250–1300; Middle English unherd. See un-1, heard
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British Dictionary definitions for unheard


/ (ʌnˈhɜːd) /


not heard; not perceived by the ear
not listened to or granted a hearinghis warning went unheard
archaic unheard-of
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Word Origin and History for unheard



c.1300 "not detected by sense of hearing," from un- (1) "not" + past participle of hear. Meaning "unknown, new" is attested from late 14c. (Old English had ungehered in this sense). Usually with of since 1590s. Cf. Old Norse oheyrðr, Danish uhørt, Middle Dutch ongehoort, Old High German ungehoret.

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