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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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  • The silent electric drive of the vehicles allowed the team to approach unheard and unseen as they nosed into the village.
  • Too often, such protests are going unheard among collectors.
  • He could hear their squeaking cackles, a sound unheard by humans for decades.
  • And he began to wonder if he was seeing something virtually unheard of: forged fingerprints.
  • The loyalty of important anchors, station managers, and star reporters is bought with unheard-of salaries.
  • Granting even that a considerable proportion of the third unheard from are unsuccessful, this is a record of usefulness.
  • unheard of cruelty and crimes have been committed in the process.
  • All in all, it's a cross-fertilization that was practically unheard of until a few years ago.
  • In a society where headlines of violence are almost commonplace, the families of the perpetrators are largely unheard from.
  • It is practically unheard of to have at one's command a vocal register of four and one half octaves.
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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