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[noiz-lis] /ˈnɔɪz lɪs/
accompanied by or making little or no noise; silent; quiet:
a noiseless step; a noiseless typewriter.
Origin of noiseless
1595-1605; noise + -less
Related forms
noiselessly, adverb
noiselessness, noun
inaudible, soundless. See still1 . Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for noiselessly
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  • There was a key on the inside of the door which he noiselessly turned in the lock.

    The Darrow Enigma Melvin L. Severy
  • noiselessly putting down the flowers, she waited for his awakening.

    The Patrician John Galsworthy
  • Slowly withdrawing that benumbed arm, Pierre noiselessly arises from the cot.

    Oswald Langdon Carson Jay Lee
  • Follow me noiselessly, and breathe not another word for the present!

    Wagner, the Wehr-Wolf George W. M. Reynolds
  • Not receiving any such indication, he touched the door, which noiselessly opened, when he entered the hut.

    The Frontiersmen Gustave Aimard
  • It was probably closed as noiselessly as it was opened—his wife saw to that.

    The Rider of Waroona Firth Scott
  • He kept hovering over a certain spot, swinging off noiselessly to right or left, only to return again.

    Ways of Wood Folk William J. Long
  • Come like a thief in the night, as one might say, so quietly and noiselessly.

    The Lady From The Sea Henrik Ibsen
  • He had wandered in noiselessly, and had moved in a purblind fashion to the centre of the apartment.

    The Market-Place Harold Frederic
  • Meals will be admirably served, and you will be waited on noiselessly and graciously.

    India and the Indians Edward F. Elwin
British Dictionary definitions for noiselessly


making little or no sound; silent
Derived Forms
noiselessly, adverb
noiselessness, noun
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Word Origin and History for noiselessly



c.1600, from noise (n.) + -less. Related: Noiselessly; noiselessness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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