Definition of unintelligible in US English:

unintelligible

adjective

  • Impossible to understand.

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

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