un·heard | \ ˌən-ˈhərd \

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.

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Today, many operations have more than 3,000 – a number that was almost unheard of 25 years ago. Smithsonian, "This Connecticut Farm Is Milking Cows for Data," 11 July 2018 Opioid narcotics, such as fentanyl or morphine, have known side effects such as decreased respiration, nausea, or itching, but true allergies to opioids are also almost unheard of. Ronald S. Litman, Philly.com, "Should I worry about my child being allergic to anesthesia?," 9 July 2018 In the era of the surprise release, the art of listener anticipation is almost unheard of. Andreas Hale, Billboard, "5 Things We Learned From Drake's New Album 'Scorpion' on First Listen," 30 June 2018 An undeniable legend that is almost unheard of nowadays. SI.com, "7 Players That Achieved Greatness Both On and Off the Field," 27 June 2018 To win six races at four different tracks in the span of 112 days is almost unheard of these days. Jason Frakes, The Courier-Journal, "5 things we'll remember about Triple Crown winner Justify," 15 June 2018 In the Northeast, nighttime tornadoes are almost unheard of. Matthew Cappucci, Washington Post, "Striking in the dark of night, the Wilkes-Barre tornado was a freak," 15 June 2018 Just 20 years ago, catch-and-release fishing for alligator gar was almost unheard of. Shannon Tompkins, Houston Chronicle, "Gars’ fortunes, anglers’ attitudes evolve over the years," 9 June 2018 And while this isn't exactly a bold move by everyday standards, for someone inside the royal family to make this claim is almost unheard of. Alyssa Hardy, Teen Vogue, "Meghan Markle Wore Goat Fashion for Her First Appearance as Duchess of Sussex," 22 May 2018

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First Known Use of unheard

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

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English Language Learners Definition of unheard

: not given attention

: not heard or listened to


un·heard | \ ˌən-ˈhərd \

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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