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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
First recorded in 1600-10; un-1 + musical
Related forms
unmusically, adverb
unmusicalness, noun
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Examples from the Web for unmusical
Historical Examples
  • 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

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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