Definition of illegible in English:



  • Not clear enough to be read.

    ‘his handwriting is totally illegible’
    • ‘There were also some illegible words scrawled in black marker across one work.’
    • ‘A piece of paper with an illegible scrawling on it sat on a desk, along with a pen and a bottle of ink.’
    • ‘The writing pieces around the bag of melted ice had ink smudges all over them, enough for it to be illegible.’
    • ‘That done they then had to patiently read almost illegible writing which had eroded over the decades and centuries.’
    • ‘Clawing through those initial pages with their illegible scrawl and phonetically terrestrial sounds required the tenacity of a saint.’
    • ‘Each note was wilder, drunker, harder to read, and eventually illegible.’
    • ‘In Ryan's nearly illegible scrawl was her name on the package.’
    • ‘It was tied up with string and read in scribbled, almost illegible, penmanship.’
    • ‘His hand was shaking so much as he unfolded the paper that it was hard to focus on the words written in Sam's familiar illegible scrawl.’
    • ‘Now parts of it are difficult to read, and the signatures and notary stamp are nearly illegible.’
    • ‘The larger portion of the letters are illegible and the text has been reversed and cannot be read.’
    • ‘Out of the two forms I gave you, you have lost one, and rendered the other all but illegible?’
    • ‘You might think it looks more impressive that way, but it's just irritatingly illegible and uninterpretable.’
    • ‘In no time, it was full of illegible lines and squiggles.’
    • ‘The bottom half of the paper was in Ian's nearly illegible scrawl.’
    • ‘Darron's almost illegible hand writing was scribbled across the page.’
    • ‘I glanced at where Davis was pointing at in illegible signature scrawled in the bottom right-hand corner.’
    • ‘It had no label, only a sticker scrawled with illegible handwriting.’
    • ‘It didn't matter that the rest of the sentence consisted of illegible runic symbols - I had read enough.’
    • ‘Then of course is the corps who are always late, scribble on the back of envelopes, and expect others to read illegible handwriting.’
    unreadable, indecipherable, unintelligible, hard to read
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