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tuneless Syllabification: tune·less
Pronunciation: /ˈt(y)o͞onləs/

Definition of tuneless in English:


Not pleasing to listen to; not melodious.
Example sentences
  • We listened to several tuneless renditions of Little Donkey then breathed collective sighs of relief as we heard them shuffle on to the next house.
  • The sound was awful, each song was a tuneless, discordant dirge.
  • He sat as silently and as still as he could, his eyes shut, thinking private thoughts and listening to Max's tuneless, wandering hum.
discordant, unmelodious, dissonant, harsh, cacophonous;
monotonous, dull


Pronunciation: /ˈt(y)o͞onləslē/
Example sentences
  • After ten years of listening to your neighbour strumming tunelessly on the Spanish guitar he bought while on holiday in Benidorm, you're ready for a move.
  • To complement the martial mood, a drum beats tunelessly and remorselessly at the other end of the rink while an electronic clock counts down the seconds to face-off.
  • Tacky music played tunelessly for a few minutes.
Pronunciation: /ˈt(y)o͞onləsnəs/
Example sentences
  • The 1970s detail is quite particular: a chopper bike, space hopper and the piercing tunelessness of the daughter's descant recorder are all thrown into the rowing family's maelstrom.
  • It was a drunken cacophony of merriment and tunelessness.
  • To get away with the kind of tunelessness found on this album, you have to be a lunatic, a crackpot, or a genius.
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