Definition of toneless in English:

toneless

adjective

  • (of a voice or musical sound) lacking expression or interest.

    ‘he began to sing in a toneless voice’
    • ‘These words were toneless, expressionless, like everything around us.’
    • ‘His voice was toneless, but his expression was sceptical.’
    • ‘Now, as I hear that same toneless voice, fear grips me so tightly that I can barely breathe.’
    • ‘‘I don't want to hear it,’ she said, her voice flat, toneless.’
    • ‘The lead singer has traded his toneless, dark singing style for a scratchy, emotive whisper, and the band's sound is more open and melodic.’
    • ‘‘Okay,’ said the toneless voice from the living room.’
    • ‘She shouted it over and over in her toneless voice.’
    • ‘Her eyes were blank, looking somewhere far away, and her voice was toneless.’
    • ‘The voice still sounded more or less as one would expect for a man of his age: worn, unsupported, and breathless, the characteristic timbre dried up and toneless.’
    • ‘Pity suffused her voice for a moment, then melted away leaving behind an oddly toneless quality.’
    • ‘‘I get the message,’ he said in a deep and toneless voice.’
    • ‘Gregory's voice had gotten softer, and was no longer completely toneless.’
    • ‘They read their confessions in toneless voices.’
    • ‘The narrative is driven almost completely by toneless voiceovers, and violence, needless to say, simmers and moans forever beneath the film's surface.’
    • ‘The intolerable toneless monologues of the last few auditions made a couple of people go to sleep.’
    • ‘She hardly recognized the cold, toneless voice coming out of her at that moment, and it scared her.’
    • ‘This is an almost funny music video for a toneless punk-metal song.’
    unemotional, unfeeling, dispassionate, passionless
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Pronunciation

toneless

/ˈtəʊnlɪs/