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[toon-fuh l, tyoon-] /ˈtun fəl, ˈtyun-/
full of melody; melodious:
tuneful compositions.
producing musical sounds or melody.
Origin of tuneful
1585-95; tune + -ful
Related forms
tunefully, adverb
tunefulness, noun
untuneful, adjective
untunefully, adverb
1. musical, harmonious, dulcet, sweet.
1. discordant. Unabridged
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  • Much nestbuilding, tuneful courtship, and masculine blustering was going on, and there was little police duty for Bobby.

    Greyfriars Bobby Eleanor Atkinson
  • Onward glides the boat; the oars rise and fall with a tuneful splash.

    Molly Bawn Margaret Wolfe Hamilton
  • His blue eyes flashed fire, his whole countenance gleamed, his sing-song rang with tuneful ferocity.

    The Imported Bridegroom Abraham Cahan
  • She laughed, and the once tuneful voice was harsh and grating.

    The Trail of '98 Robert W. Service
  • In half an hour the water was boiling merrily, causing the kettle to sing a tuneful air, that attracted the eyes of all.

    Under the Chinese Dragon F. S. Brereton
  • Piney's admonition piped up to him on a high and tuneful memory.

    Sally of Missouri R. E. Young
  • It was a gay old opera, tuneful, full of boisterous, innocent comedy and simple sentiment.

  • "I beat her, I beat her," shrieks he, with the last note left in his tuneful pipe.

    April's Lady Margaret Wolfe Hungerford
  • These tuneful frogs and katy-dids must be our nightingales to-night.

British Dictionary definitions for tuneful


having a pleasant or catchy tune; melodious
producing a melody or music: a tuneful blackbird
Derived Forms
tunefully, adverb
tunefulness, noun
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