unintelligible

adjective
un·​in·​tel·​li·​gi·​ble | \ ˌən-in-ˈte-lə-jə-bəl \

Definition of unintelligible

: unable to be understood or comprehended : not intelligible a song with unintelligible lyrics unintelligible jargon … including parenthetical translations of the words and phrases he knew would be unintelligible to contemporary readers.— John N. Green

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Other Words from unintelligible

unintelligibility \ ˌən-​in-​ˌte-​lə-​jə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē \ or less commonly unintelligibleness noun
unintelligibly \ ˌən-​in-​ˈte-​lə-​jə-​blē \ adverb
muttering unintelligibly

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Its voice is obnoxious, anxious, whiny, whimpery and often frustratingly unintelligible. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "Furby hell: this week in tech, 20 years ago," 24 Nov. 2018 For us this issue --we put [unintelligible] to this issue. Jennie Neufeld, Vox, "Read the full transcript of the Helsinki press conference," 16 July 2018 On all these topics, David Quammen proves to be an immensely well-informed guide to a complex story that in less capable hands would be unintelligible to the general reader. David P. Barash, WSJ, "‘The Tangled Tree’ Review: From Tiny Seeds," 9 Aug. 2018 Despite some unintelligible moments here and there, fans instantly went crazy nonetheless. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Blue Ivy Freestyle Raps on a New JAY-Z Song and Twitter Is Loving It," 7 July 2017 Most of the drawings are unintelligible, but there are a few recognizable scenes. Nomaan Merchant, Cincinnati.com, "Hunger, fear, desperation: What came of an ordinary ICE raid in Covington," 9 July 2018 Due to her stroke, Claire's mother's speech is slurred to such an extent that half her lines are rendered unintelligible. Dmitry Samarov, Chicago Reader, "The farce Fuddy Meers makes a critic long for amnesia," 22 June 2018 End-to-end encryption transforms messages into unintelligible chunks of data as soon as a user presses send. Lily Hay Newman, WIRED, "Encrypted Messaging Isn’t Magic," 14 June 2018 Fogerty made a virtue out of being practically unintelligible at times. John Adamian, courant.com, "John Fogerty And ZZ Top At Mohegan Sun," 19 May 2018

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First Known Use of unintelligible

1664, in the meaning defined above

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unintelligible

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of unintelligible

: impossible to understand : not intelligible

unintelligible

adjective
un·​in·​tel·​li·​gi·​ble | \ ˌən-in-ˈte-lə-jə-bəl\

Kids Definition of unintelligible

: impossible to understand unintelligible speech

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