Definition of unmusical in English:

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Pronunciation: /ʌnˈmjuːzɪk(ə)l/


1Not pleasing to the ear: a loud, unmusical noise
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  • Noise can be described as any loud or unmusical or disagreeable sound that is prolonged and can be damaging or deafening to the ear.
  • Their songs were too long, and were made up of loops created on the laptop utilising the most unmusical discordant sounds imaginable.
  • As we walked into the Leas Club a loud, unmusical tune struck up.
2Unskilled in or indifferent to music: even a decidedly unmusical teenager can get involved with music
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  • As one partook in the invitation to ‘push buttons to rock out,’ even the most unmusical of people could become genius music makers.
  • After the show one is eager to agree with Paul Bowles (as quoted by Ondaatje): ‘The Singhalese are probably the most unmusical people in the world.’
  • have never thought about this as I am so totally unmusical, a bit like Steve Martin's character in ‘the jerk'. Although having said that, I love music.



Pronunciation: /ʌnmjuːzɪˈkalɪti/
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  • Musical ability: beliefs about the causes of unmusicality and tone deafness.
  • Somehow, despite all its deliberate unmusicality, much of Wolf Pack Days is catchy, even toe-tappingly groovy.
  • At least I was able to blame the sheer unmusicality of the piece on the composer and not the quartet, who consistently showed an unparalleled level of musicianship.


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  • All the rating scales were found to be significant predictors for the unity ratings of musically and unmusically trained participants.
  • They stand around in throngs, calling unmusically into their cell phones and alternatively picking their noses or scratching their bums.
  • What about folk singer sadists who wheeze them unmusically into a microphone for 16 bars when they run out of verses?



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