voiceless

adjective

voice·​less ˈvȯis-ləs How to pronounce voiceless (audio)
1
: having no voice : mute
2
: not voiced : surd
a voiceless consonant
voicelessly adverb
voicelessness noun

Example Sentences

“S” is a voiceless consonant. believes that animals deserve basic rights even though they are voiceless
Recent Examples on the Web On TikTok, the creator often uses Snapchat photos of himself as different characters for voiceless skits. J. Clara Chan, The Hollywood Reporter, 6 Nov. 2022 Thankfully, Luna continues to prove himself an asset to the Star Wars series, and his voiceless effort to sell his character's vulnerable-yet-dedicated edge is a series highlight. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, 21 Sep. 2022 Equipped with the belief that all women have the right to a healthy pregnancy and delivery, her goal as a doula is to be a voice to those who feel voiceless. Erica R. Williams, Essence, 15 Sep. 2022 Many proponents of that state within and outside China possess the wealth and connections to protect themselves from its most egregious abuses; most Chinese, still poor and voiceless, cannot. Michael Schuman, The Atlantic, 14 June 2022 Giving voice to those who were voiceless for generations. Robin Rose Parker, Washington Post, 19 July 2022 Vecna as the Big Bad who’s always been trying to get through the gates back into the real world is a much more compelling idea than some giant, voiceless, mindless monster. Erik Kain, Forbes, 6 July 2022 The voiceless eighty per cent of the country—the Hindus? Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, 21 June 2022 Often, the trope is the same: a young brown girl is depicted as meek, nerdy, voiceless, and essentially powerless, usually against the wills and desires of her family. Katherine Singh, refinery29.com, 16 June 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1535, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of voiceless was in 1535

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Cite this Entry

“Voiceless.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/voiceless. Accessed 5 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

voiceless

adjective

voice·​less ˈvȯi-sləs How to pronounce voiceless (audio)
1
: having no voice
2
: not voiced
a voiceless consonant like \f\
voicelessness noun
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