[toon-lis, tyoon-]


unmelodious; unmusical.
making or giving no music; silent: In the corner stood a tuneless old piano.

Origin of tuneless

First recorded in 1585–95; tune + -less
Related formstune·less·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for tuneless

Historical Examples of tuneless

  • There was genuine feeling in her voice, usually loud, harsh, and tuneless.

    The Dop Doctor

    Clotilde Inez Mary Graves

  • Dyck's voice was tuneless, his manner rigid, his eyes burning.

    No Defense, Complete

    Gilbert Parker

  • Some one was piping on a reed flageolet—an eerie, tuneless wailing.

    Caravans By Night

    Harry Hervey

  • I always sing at my work, and what's more, my song is not tuneless.

    Canadian Fairy Tales

    Cyrus Macmillan

  • "There is the other alternative," said Guido, with a tuneless little laugh.


    F. Marion Crawford

British Dictionary definitions for tuneless



having no melody or tune
mainly poetic not producing or able to produce music; silent
Derived Formstunelessly, adverbtunelessness, noun
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