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[uhn-myoo-zi-kuh l] /ʌnˈmyu zɪ kəl/
not musical; deficient in melody, harmony, rhythm, or tone.
acoustically and aesthetically harsh on the ear; strident; dissonant; cacophonous.
not fond of or skilled in music.
Origin of unmusical
First recorded in 1600-10; un-1 + musical
Related forms
unmusically, adverb
unmusicalness, noun Unabridged
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  • 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


not musical or harmonious
not talented in or appreciative of music
Derived Forms
unmusically, adverb
unmusicalness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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