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unmusical

[uhn-myoo-zi-kuh l] /ʌnˈmyu zɪ kəl/
adjective
1.
not musical; deficient in melody, harmony, rhythm, or tone.
2.
acoustically and aesthetically harsh on the ear; strident; dissonant; cacophonous.
3.
not fond of or skilled in music.
Origin of unmusical
1600-1610
1600-10; un-1 + musical
Related forms
unmusically, adverb
unmusicalness, noun
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Examples from the Web for unmusical
Historical Examples
  • It was Sunday evening, and from all the little conventicles and tin churches below, the bells began their unmusical summons.

    The Tempting of Tavernake E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • Because you neither play nor sing, it by no means follows that you are unmusical.

    The Pianolist Gustav Kobb
  • When the bird reached the threshold it stopped, and without warning gave vent to a prolonged series of shrill, unmusical sounds.

    Carmen Ariza Charles Francis Stocking
  • unmusical as she was, Catherine pined for her sister's music that evening.

    Robert Elsmere Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • How unmusical you two are, she said; his playing was exquisite.

    Bye-Ways Robert Smythe Hichens
  • Princeton University has given him that unmusical degree, Mus.

  • This unmusical "conk" is sweeter than the "kerchunk" of the bull-frog.

    How Spring Came in New England Charles Dudley Warner
  • She is unsocial and unmusical like the savage birds of prey.

    In the Open Stanton Davis Kirkham
  • Nothing new,” I retorted, “to your unmusical ear, but these bells are not our bells—listen!

    The Big Otter R.M. Ballantyne
  • I am not so unmusical that I cannot enter into the fun of it.

    Friedrich Nietzsche Georg Brandes
British Dictionary definitions for unmusical

unmusical

/ʌnˈmjuːzɪkəl/
adjective
1.
not musical or harmonious
2.
not talented in or appreciative of music
Derived Forms
unmusically, adverb
unmusicalness, noun
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