Meaning of INAUDIBLE in English


in ‧ au ‧ di ‧ ble /ɪnˈɔːdəb ə l, ɪnˈɔːdɪb ə l $ -ˈɒː-/ BrE AmE adjective

too quiet to be heard OPP audible :

The noise of the wind made her cries inaudible.

—inaudibly adverb :

‘No,’ she whispered, almost inaudibly.

—inaudibility /ɪnˌɔːdəˈbɪləti, ɪnˌɔːdɪˈbɪləti $ -ˌɒː-/ noun [uncountable]

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■ a quiet sound or voice

▪ quiet not making a loud sound:

I heard a quiet voice behind me.


a car with a quiet engine

▪ low quiet – especially because you do not want people to hear or be disturbed:

Doug was on the phone, speaking in a low voice.


I turned the volume down low.

▪ soft quiet and pleasant to listen to:

Soft music was playing in the background.


His voice was soft and gentle.

▪ silent not making any sound at all:

a silent prayer


silent laughter


The machines were virtually silent.

▪ hushed deliberately quiet because you do not want people to hear – used about people’s voices:

They were talking about money in hushed tones.


The doctor’s voice was hushed and urgent.

▪ faint quiet and difficult to hear because it comes from a long way away:

The men went ahead and their voices got fainter and fainter.


the faint sound of bells

▪ muffled difficult to hear, for example because the sound comes from another room or someone’s mouth is covered by something:

Muffled voices were coming from downstairs.


the muffled sound of someone crying

▪ dull [only before noun] a dull sound is not loud – used especially about the sound of something hitting another thing:

He hit the ground with a dull thud.

▪ inaudible too quiet to hear:

The sound is inaudible to the human ear.


Her answer came in an almost inaudible whisper.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.