[uhn-myoo-zi-kuh l]


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 formsun·mu·si·cal·ly, adverbun·mu·si·cal·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for unmusical

Historical Examples of unmusical

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for unmusical



not musical or harmonious
not talented in or appreciative of music
Derived Formsunmusically, adverbunmusicalness, noun
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