Definition of unintelligible in US English:

unintelligible

adjective

  • Impossible to understand.

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