not voiced; not uttered: unvoiced complaints.
Phonetics. voiceless; without voice; surd: unvoiced consonants.

Origin of unvoiced

First recorded in 1855–60; un-1 + voiced



verb (used with or without object), un·voiced, un·voic·ing. Phonetics.

Origin of unvoice

First recorded in 1630–40; un-2 + voice
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Examples from the Web for unvoiced

Historical Examples of unvoiced

  • The effect of his loud insistence was to increase the unvoiced uneasiness.

    Sonnie-Boy's People

    James B. Connolly

  • There was an unvoiced command to silence that no human sense could understand.

    Wood Folk at School

    William J. Long

  • Joyce understood the unvoiced demand that lay behind the obvious one.

    The Highgrader

    William MacLeod Raine

  • She had no feeling other than a great, unvoiced joy in the splendid manhood of it all.

    The Heart of Unaga

    Ridgwell Cullum

  • Naxa was aware of it too, stirring in the saddle with unvoiced feelings.


    Harry Harrison

British Dictionary definitions for unvoiced



not expressed or spoken
articulated without vibration of the vocal cords; voiceless


verb (tr)

to pronounce without vibration of the vocal cords
another word for devoice
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