Definition of unintelligible in English:

unintelligible

adjective

  • Impossible to understand.

    ‘dolphin sounds are unintelligible to humans’
    • ‘Sometimes I'd hear a melodic fragment or a texture, or it might sound like voices muttering in an unintelligible language.’
    • ‘Enough of the biting social satire and back to the task of understanding our unintelligible cousins across the pond.’
    • ‘The reply, a deep but rapid burst of alien garble, is unintelligible.’
    • ‘The idea of a cipher system is to disguise confidential information in such a way that its meaning is unintelligible to an unauthorized person.’
    • ‘For most people, indeed, the acts of a sex murderer are impossible and unintelligible.’
    • ‘His sleep was restless, and every so often he mumbled a few unintelligible words.’
    • ‘When understood, these attractors often explain complex, seemingly unintelligible behaviour.’
    • ‘All she got in reply was some slurred, unintelligible mumbling.’
    • ‘There seems to be nothing unintelligible or incoherent about the notion of spontaneous self-movement.’
    • ‘I may leave parties a little earlier than usual, when the chat gets unintelligible to anyone who isn't hammered.’
    • ‘At the same time, we turn our heads, watch him fall off a chair and slur something unintelligible.’
    • ‘On their way out, the women shout various slurred, unintelligible insults at the stage.’
    • ‘Well, there's ironically post-modern and then there's almost unintelligible.’
    • ‘I mumbled some unintelligible half-apology and took the elevator down to the lobby.’
    • ‘He began to speak in a tongue which was unintelligible to Carl yet which he thought he could almost understand.’
    • ‘I mumbled something deliberately unintelligible and hopped down.’
    • ‘Everything else it says is as unintelligible as the warbling of a canary.’
    • ‘I think I'd have been inclined to shuffle about and mumble something unintelligible.’
    • ‘They're hackneyed and thus utterly predictable, yet they still manage to be largely unintelligible.’
    • ‘It's as unintelligible a piece of artspeak and psychobabble as I have ever stumbled through, and a dictionary is not supplied.’
    incomprehensible, indiscernible, meaningless, unfathomable, obscure, cryptic, inscrutable, enigmatic, mumbled, indistinct, unclear, slurred, inarticulate, incoherent, confused, garbled, scrambled, muddled, jumbled, senseless
    illegible, indecipherable, unreadable, hard to read, scrawled, scribbled, crabbed
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Pronunciation

unintelligible

/ˌənənˈteləjəb(ə)l//ˌənənˈtɛlədʒəb(ə)l/