Definition of tuneless in English:



  • Not pleasing to listen to; unmelodious.

    ‘tuneless whistling’
    • ‘As I hung up he'd started to whistle, that wobbly tuneless whistle that's unmistakeably elderly.’
    • ‘He sat as silently and as still as he could, his eyes shut, thinking private thoughts and listening to Max's tuneless, wandering hum.’
    • ‘The sound was awful, each song was a tuneless, discordant dirge.’
    • ‘Outside, the first sea birds screeched and offered their own tuneless, harsh version of a dawn chorus.’
    • ‘He did not even appear to be listening; his eyes were on the floor of the cave, his hands in his pockets, and his lips were pursed in a tuneless whistle.’
    • ‘Oh, the joy of hearing a top-class brass section and not the ugly tuneless gabbling which passes for popular music today.’
    • ‘Most people fled the pub after the first verse of my tuneless homage to the maestro of Drury Lane musicals,’
    • ‘British English, however it may have sounded in Shakespeare's day, has acquired a poetry-enhancing speech melody that tuneless, flat American cannot match.’
    • ‘James took a pull of the coke can in his hand, and whistled a few tuneless bars of the national anthem.’
    • ‘We listened to several tuneless renditions of Little Donkey then breathed collective sighs of relief as we heard them shuffle on to the next house.’
    • ‘A new piano is just a tuneless lump of strings and wood - a classy piece of furniture, or a rather cumbersome ornament.’
    • ‘It does feature some the most tuneless whistling we've heard committed to record in a long time.’
    • ‘I usually don't listen to tuneless sound collages, but at the end of this album, I was willing to give anything a try.’
    • ‘In a good mood once again, he hummed a tuneless melody and headed back for his room.’
    • ‘Every song sounds like a somewhat tuneless reprise, albeit not of itself; one is entitled ‘Nothing Will Ever Be the Same,’ although disproof lies close at hand.’
    • ‘Derek was trying to persuade the manager to play some of his music - tuneless, grating, and likely to cause stomach ulcers.’
    • ‘Will we have to listen to her tuneless chanting for eternity?’
    • ‘He was a vast hulk of a man, who hummed a tuneless melody to himself as he lumbered down the corridors.’
    • ‘For seven minutes the quartet play a tuneless dirge that occasionally changes and is entwined with a slowly oscillating synthesizer.’
    • ‘They should spend a little less time smoking wacky baccy and listening to that tuneless rubbish called dance music, and rather more time being seen and not heard.’
    discordant, unmelodious, unmelodic, unmusical, dissonant, harsh, cacophonous
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