voice·​less | \ ˈvȯis-ləs \

Definition of voiceless

1 : having no voice : mute
2 : not voiced : surd a voiceless consonant

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from voiceless

voicelessly adverb
voicelessness noun

Synonyms for voiceless


inarticulate, mute, speechless

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

Examples of voiceless in a Sentence

“S” is a voiceless consonant. believes that animals deserve basic rights even though they are voiceless

Recent Examples on the Web

There are a number of individuals that are voiceless and disenfranchised in the prison population. Fox News, "Laura Ingraham: Resisting for all the wrong reasons," 3 Aug. 2018 My job is to give a voice to the voiceless, share stories about places and people others may never get to see or meet and hold people accountable for doing the wrong thing — which is pretty cool. Carli Teproff, miamiherald, "Miami Herald journalist reports what she learned at career day," 29 May 2018 And that automatically renders the child totally voiceless. CBS News, "Illinois teen faces felony charge for recording conversation with school principals," 22 June 2018 The first is that the child herself, literally voiceless in the case of Moore’s photograph, ceases to be an individual, instead becoming a blank canvas upon which adults project their anxieties and fears. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "America’s “Poster Child” Syndrome," 20 June 2018 And White gave a loving shout-out to Holland for breaking through the traditional kitchen patriarchy — and tracing the culinary footsteps of thousands of voiceless black women chefs, cooks and food writers. Catherine Bigelow, SFChronicle.com, "MoAD’s Diaspora Dinner honors chef Tanya Holland," 15 June 2018 Oppressed and voiceless is exactly how Serena Joy feels. Rena Gross, Billboard, "9 Major Moments From 'The Handmaid's Tale' Season 2, Episode 9 'Smart Power'," 13 June 2018 To be zealous advocates for their children, who are often voiceless and lack the ability to recognize and decry abuse by authority figures. Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press, "Parents must be willing to crush athletic dreams to protect their kids," 28 Jan. 2018 There are hundreds of voiceless people who don't know how to fight this. Steve Harrison, charlotteobserver, "Charlotte wants to bulldoze man's bungalow. He said it's unfair - and is fighting back. | Charlotte Observer," 24 May 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'voiceless.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of voiceless

1535, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about voiceless

Statistics for voiceless

Last Updated

22 Dec 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for voiceless

The first known use of voiceless was in 1535

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for voiceless



English Language Learners Definition of voiceless

: not large or powerful enough to be noticed by the government, the media, etc.
technical, of a sound : made without moving your vocal cords


voice·​less | \ ˈvȯis-ləs \

Kids Definition of voiceless

1 : having no voice
2 : spoken without vibration of the vocal cords the voiceless consonants \p\, \t\, and \th\

More from Merriam-Webster on voiceless

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for voiceless

Comments on voiceless

What made you want to look up voiceless? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


the perfect form or example of something

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Valentine's Day Quiz

  • happy-valentines-day
  • Which word used to mean sweetheart or darling?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!