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[tohn-def] /ˈtoʊnˌdɛf/
unable to distinguish differences in pitch in musical sounds when producing or hearing them.
Origin of tone-deaf
Related forms
tone deafness, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for tone-deaf
  • Yet attempts to encourage originality have been tone-deaf.
  • College presidents seem tone-deaf to those concerns.
  • But its haunting chords and rhythms do not conquer tone-deaf bureaucracies.
  • It is rather as though, over an immense range of intellectual experience, a whole group was tone-deaf.
  • He's brilliant and funny, but he's also hostile and culturally tone-deaf.
  • His impish humor and tone-deaf faux pas supply plenty of material that could be spun into gold with the proper editing software.
  • Her charm was more often perceived as abrasive, her diplomacy tone-deaf.
  • The controversy has been cast by many as an instance of a tone-deaf agency not keeping up with the times.
British Dictionary definitions for tone-deaf


unable to distinguish subtle differences in musical pitch
Derived Forms
tone deafness, noun
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