Definition of unheard in English:



  • 1Not heard or listened to.

    ‘my protests went unheard’
    • ‘Russian courts have so far refused to issue further compensation, and pleas for an investigation have also gone unheard.’
    • ‘Miles tells the crazy, crazy story of the label's rise and fall with the aid of some largely unheard archive material.’
    • ‘It was as if he was lip-reading while he listened, making sure nothing went unheard.’
    • ‘When war looms large on the horizon, tiny, meek and often unheard voices of children counsel the wisdom of peace.’
    • ‘So often, young people's voices go unheard by mainstream media, government and the rest of society.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, unseen and unheard, local producers and wholesalers face the steady decline of their business.’
    • ‘The inquest heard Mr Smith had gone home - unheard by his parents - and taken his motor bike out of the back garden.’
    • ‘In Moscow, there is a great body of expertise on the historic environment, yet it appears to go unheard.’
    • ‘Questions pertaining to human rights violation went unheard into oblivion.’
    • ‘So there are voices speaking out against this extra injustice, but those voices largely go unheard.’
    • ‘Those who had been unheard for some time might want to try to push back their popularity using this.’
    • ‘He heard his voice pierce the air, low and almost unheard to most, but horribly loud to his own ears.’
    • ‘What will be heard will be her claim to be unheard when she, of all people, is always, always heard.’
    • ‘It was rumoured that he had a spy in every building, and that no word spoken in his sector would go unheard by his listening ears.’
    • ‘They are local votaries of heritage preservation, yet their voice remains largely unheard.’
    • ‘While the stories sound amusing, attached to them are unheard feelings of embarrassment and hurt.’
    • ‘Until two months ago the familiar jingle that whips most children into a frenzy went unheard by the toddler who was born profoundly deaf.’
    • ‘He has now filed a petition with the country's High Court claiming he has found previously unheard evidence.’
    • ‘Hence his way of life can be sacrificed without compunction, and his protests go unheard.’
    • ‘Celia stomped her foot into the soft grassy ground, but the sound of it went unheard.’
    not heard, out of earshot
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  • 2unheard ofNot previously known of or done.

    ‘it was unheard of for a boy to miss church’
    ‘wines from unheard-of villages’
    • ‘They could also keep the rights of their images, something previously unheard of.’
    • ‘Such a case against a victim of crime had previously been unheard of.’
    • ‘Of most interest to Drake obsessives is Tow the Line, a previously unheard song discovered lurking at the end of an old master tape.’
    • ‘For the past three months, my Wednesdays have been a previously unheard of model of efficiency.’
    • ‘For a book about money, finance and the stock market, those sorts of numbers were previously unheard of.’
    • ‘This will work wonders and boost their relationship to levels previously unheard of.’
    • ‘They had succeeded in killing two of their number as well, a previously unheard of feat.’
    • ‘Still, that level of connection actually holds out some possibilities for unification on a level previously unheard of.’
    unprecedented, exceptional, extraordinary, out of the ordinary, uncommon, unusual, unparalleled, unrivalled, unmatched, unequalled, singular, unique
    unknown, unfamiliar, new, little known, undiscovered, obscure, nameless, unsung, unheralded, groundbreaking
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