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[uhn-hurd] /ʌnˈhɜrd/
not heard; not perceived by the ear.
not given a hearing or audience.
Archaic. unheard-of.
Origin of unheard
1250-1300; Middle English unherd. See un-1, heard Unabridged
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  • Horror of an inconceivable monstrosity began to assail me: was I following through the dark an unheard of hideousness?

    Lilith George MacDonald
  • For an Indian woman to cry is rare enough; to cry in a moment of triumph, unheard of.

    The Huntress Hulbert Footner
  • This unheard of cheating of the servants must certainly lead to ruin.

    Married August Strindberg
  • And yet we need not suppose that the prayers of her friends were unheard or unanswered.

    Grace Darling Eva Hope
  • For a fleeting instant Buck wondered whether Bud could possibly have returned and crawled in there unheard.

    Shoe-Bar Stratton Joseph Bushnell Ames
British Dictionary definitions for unheard


not heard; not perceived by the ear
not listened to or granted a hearing: his warning went unheard
(archaic) unheard-of
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Word Origin and History for unheard

c.1300 "not detected by sense of hearing," from un- (1) "not" + past participle of hear. Meaning "unknown, new" is attested from late 14c. (Old English had ungehered in this sense). Usually with of since 1590s. Cf. Old Norse oheyrðr, Danish uhørt, Middle Dutch ongehoort, Old High German ungehoret.

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