Try Our Apps


Supposedly vs. Supposably


[kuh-kof-uh-nee] /kəˈkɒf ə ni/
noun, plural cacophonies.
harsh discordance of sound; dissonance:
a cacophony of hoots, cackles, and wails.
a discordant and meaningless mixture of sounds:
the cacophony produced by city traffic at midday.
Music. frequent use of discords of a harshness and relationship difficult to understand.
Origin of cacophony
1650-60; < New Latin cacophonia < Greek kakophōnía. See caco-, -phony
Related forms
[kak-uh-fon-ik] /ˌkæk əˈfɒn ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for cacophony
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • Undeterred by but four hours' rest, punctually at six the cacophony of brass began again.

    Poor Folk in Spain Jan Gordon
  • Then it was cacophony, a thousand different shouting voices.

    Little Brother Cory Doctorow
  • Men to me were a sort of musical instrument from which I could evoke any harmony or cacophony I chose.

    Black Oxen Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
  • A cacophony of loud shouts from behind him told of the arrival of reinforcements.

    The Return of Tharn Howard Carleton Browne
  • There was a cacophony of hisses in her toothless mouth, enough to make all the dogs in Paris howl.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
British Dictionary definitions for cacophony


noun (pl) -nies
harsh discordant sound; dissonance
the use of unharmonious or dissonant speech sounds in language
Compare euphony
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for cacophony

1650s, from Greek kakophonia, from kakophonos "harsh sounding," from kakos "bad, evil" (see caco-) + phone "voice" (see fame (n.)). Related: Cacophonous.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for cacophony

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for cacophony

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for cacophony