Definition of unintelligible in US 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.’
    • ‘They're hackneyed and thus utterly predictable, yet they still manage to be largely unintelligible.’
    • ‘At the same time, we turn our heads, watch him fall off a chair and slur something unintelligible.’
    • ‘I mumbled something deliberately unintelligible and hopped down.’
    • ‘For most people, indeed, the acts of a sex murderer are impossible and unintelligible.’
    • ‘When understood, these attractors often explain complex, seemingly unintelligible behaviour.’
    • ‘His sleep was restless, and every so often he mumbled a few unintelligible words.’
    • ‘I think I'd have been inclined to shuffle about and mumble something 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.’
    • ‘Enough of the biting social satire and back to the task of understanding our unintelligible cousins across the pond.’
    • ‘He began to speak in a tongue which was unintelligible to Carl yet which he thought he could almost understand.’
    • ‘I may leave parties a little earlier than usual, when the chat gets unintelligible to anyone who isn't hammered.’
    • ‘It's as unintelligible a piece of artspeak and psychobabble as I have ever stumbled through, and a dictionary is not supplied.’
    • ‘All she got in reply was some slurred, unintelligible mumbling.’
    • ‘On their way out, the women shout various slurred, unintelligible insults at the stage.’
    • ‘There seems to be nothing unintelligible or incoherent about the notion of spontaneous self-movement.’
    • ‘I mumbled some unintelligible half-apology and took the elevator down to the lobby.’
    • ‘Well, there's ironically post-modern and then there's almost unintelligible.’
    • ‘The reply, a deep but rapid burst of alien garble, is unintelligible.’
    • ‘Everything else it says is as unintelligible as the warbling of a canary.’
    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/