[ uhn-myoo-zi-kuhl ]
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  1. not musical; deficient in melody, harmony, rhythm, or tone.

  2. acoustically and aesthetically harsh on the ear; strident; dissonant; cacophonous.

  1. not fond of or skilled in music.

Origin of unmusical

First recorded in 1600–10; un-1 + musical

Other words from unmusical

  • un·mu·si·cal·ly, adverb
  • un·mu·si·cal·ness, noun

Words Nearby unmusical

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How to use unmusical in a sentence

  • Her hard but not unmusical laugh had given place to a grating cackle, and a leer of affected gaiety had replaced the merry eye.

    The Life of Thomas Wanless, Peasant | Alexander Johnstone Wilson
  • If a pair of these birds have a nest they betray the fact to the world by the unmusical clamour they make from sunrise to sunset.

  • Harsh and unmusical sounds, produced by the voice, indicate that the throat is in a condition of injurious tension.

    The Psychology of Singing | David C. Taylor
  • "Five finger drills" and studies in broken scales of the types generally used are also utterly unmusical.

    The Psychology of Singing | David C. Taylor
  • The old badger invariably uttered a low but not unmusical greeting when she returned to her family at dawn.

    Creatures of the Night | Alfred W. Rees

British Dictionary definitions for unmusical


/ (ʌnˈmjuːzɪkəl) /

  1. not musical or harmonious

  2. not talented in or appreciative of music

Derived forms of unmusical

  • unmusically, adverb
  • unmusicalness, noun

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