un·​heard | \ ˌən-ˈhərd How to pronounce unheard (audio) \

Definition of unheard

1a : not perceived by the ear
b : not given a hearing
2 archaic : unheard-of

Examples of unheard in a Sentence

Their cries for help were unheard.
Recent Examples on the Web Wildlife attacks against humans in the area are rare but not unheard of, as Tanzania allows certain communities to live within wildlife preserves. Audrey Conklin, Fox News, 7 Aug. 2021 Influential Beijing rock groups such as Black Panther, the Flowers, and Hang on the Box released landmark albums and, in some cases, embarked on previously unheard-of national tours. Stacey Anderson, Rolling Stone, 24 June 2021 The zeal in the Trump administration’s efforts to hunt leakers led to the extraordinary step of subpoenaing communications metadata from members of Congress — a nearly unheard-of move outside of corruption investigations. New York Times, 10 June 2021 Founded in 2011, HowlRound is committed to providing a platform to amplify voices and issues that have traditionally been underrepresented — and even unheard — in the theater. BostonGlobe.com, 7 Apr. 2021 This segment of the workforce is charting a course through unknown territory, facing previously unheard-of workplace assimilation challenges. Kristin Stoller, Forbes, 7 Apr. 2021 But instead, the judges presiding over Antusas’ and Morfin’s cases made an almost unheard-of move. Megan Crepeau, chicagotribune.com, 27 Nov. 2020 However, Mirivel said skipped second doses are not unheard of. Tess Vrbin, Arkansas Online, 29 Aug. 2021 Asian plus-size representation was unheard of back then [especially] in fashion. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, 17 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of unheard

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Unheard.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unheard. Accessed 19 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of unheard

: not given attention
: not heard or listened to


un·​heard | \ ˌən-ˈhərd How to pronounce unheard (audio) \

Kids Definition of unheard

: not heard I followed as softly as I could, and coming unheard into the kitchen, stood and watched him.— Robert Louis Stevenson, Kidnapped

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