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tone-deaf

[tohn-def]
adjective
  1. unable to distinguish differences in pitch in musical sounds when producing or hearing them.
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Origin of tone-deaf

First recorded in 1890–95
Related formstone deafness, noun
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Examples from the Web for tone-deaf

Contemporary Examples of tone-deaf

Historical Examples of tone-deaf

  • There are people who are colour-blind, people who are tone-deaf.

  • Trilby the tone-deaf, who couldn't sing one single note in tune!

    Trilby

    George Du Maurier

  • Some people are "tone-deaf," and they find it physically impossible to observe the law of contrasts.

  • Some people are tone-deaf, and they find it physically impossible to observe the law of contrasts.

    Vocal Expression

    Katherine Jewell Everts

  • It is easy to understand that this master of harmony possessed no charms for a tone-deaf young man.

    Makers of Electricity

    Brother Potamian


British Dictionary definitions for tone-deaf

tone-deaf

adjective
  1. unable to distinguish subtle differences in musical pitch
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Derived Formstone deafness, noun
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