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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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Examples from the Web for unmusical
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  • With an unmusical laugh she stood up, shaking the letter to the floor.

    The Lure of the Mask Harold MacGrath
  • Because you neither play nor sing, it by no means follows that you are unmusical.

    The Pianolist Gustav Kobb
  • It was unmusical, unbeautiful, unlively, and indescribably doleful.

  • unmusical as she was, Catherine pined for her sister's music that evening.

    Robert Elsmere Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • On his part there was not a single faulty phrase or unmusical expression.

    The New Tenant E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • Princeton University has given him that unmusical degree, Mus.

  • "She is just what I thought," said a voice, thin, but not unmusical.

    Agatha's Husband Dinah Maria Craik (AKA: Dinah Maria Mulock)
  • The fourth line of that stanza is unmusical and inharmonious.

    Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 6 Charles H. Sylvester
  • This unmusical "conk" is sweeter than the "kerchunk" of the bull-frog.

    How Spring Came in New England Charles Dudley Warner
  • "Somebody's eyes have told me so," said Skippy in an unmusical treble.

    Skippy Bedelle Owen Johnson
British Dictionary definitions for unmusical


not musical or harmonious
not talented in or appreciative of music
Derived Forms
unmusically, adverb
unmusicalness, noun
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