Definition of indistinct in US English:

indistinct

adjective

  • Not clear or sharply defined.

    ‘his speech was slurred and indistinct’
    • ‘There was little to admire in the opening exchanges, the game was a shapeless mass, undefined and indistinct.’
    • ‘The path from here is very indistinct, and non-existent in places, so great care should be taken after leaving the track.’
    • ‘We have this misty, murky indistinct reason for being there.’
    • ‘The letters on fakes are sometimes indistinct or unevenly spaced.’
    • ‘Looking at his performances in the past 15 years or so, several seem vague and indistinct.’
    • ‘Much of the time, leading edge scientific research is indistinct and hazy.’
    • ‘First we see a blur on a snowy landscape, followed by an indistinct grey shadow hovering beyond the window of the child's bedroom.’
    • ‘The figures are too indistinct to seem threatening, yet their continued presence is, all the same, unnerving.’
    • ‘The wave-like shapes of the far hills were already indistinct.’
    • ‘The field in front of her swam and became fuzzy and indistinct.’
    • ‘Life here is shrinking, the horizons drawing in, and the backdrop to our small world seems to be fading and becoming indistinct.’
    • ‘From this point to the summit the path is indistinct in places.’
    • ‘It was all a bit indistinct, but I could make out definite phrases.’
    • ‘How vague and indistinct and undefined the ideas of most men are upon the subject!’
    • ‘It was not the usual indistinct crackle of a far-off transmission, but a crystal-clear whistle as if someone was on her boat.’
    • ‘But it was an indistinct blur of grey through the doorway of the Archives building.’
    • ‘Turn right here and follow the very indistinct path through heather keeping the boggy babbling brook immediately to your right.’
    • ‘To my left, as I came up higher, I began to see the sea, and had a clear view of Newhaven, though the horizon was more or less indistinct.’
    • ‘But he hoped that as he writes more, his voice will become more indistinct.’
    • ‘By night, strange, murky, shady, characters emerge from the indistinct, nebulous corners.’
    blurred, out of focus, fuzzy, hazy, misty, foggy, cloudy, shadowy, smoky, dim, nebulous
    indecipherable, illegible, barely legible, unreadable, unintelligible, unfathomable, hard to read, hard to make out
    muffled, muted, dull, low, quiet, soft, faint, weak, feeble, inaudible, scarcely audible, scarcely perceptible, hard to hear, hard to make out
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Origin

Mid 16th century: from Latin indistinctus, from in- ‘not’ + distinctus ‘separated, distinguished’ (see distinct).

Pronunciation

indistinct

/ˌɪndəˈstɪŋ(k)t//ˌindəˈstiNG(k)t/