Definition of tone-deaf in English:



  • (of a person) unable to perceive differences of musical pitch accurately.

    • ‘My sisters can both sing, but my mother is tone-deaf and my father just can't sing.’
    • ‘But I do know good music from bad music, and I can tell the difference between talented musicians and tone-deaf wannabes with no sense of rhythm.’
    • ‘And if you'd seen the way he got into the song, even in his tone-deaf, screechy manner, you'd fall in love with this song, too.’
    • ‘If you think you're tone-deaf, she teaches you to hear the differences between each instrument.’
    • ‘7: 57: Thousands of tone-deaf Swiss croon along to their national anthem, which starts promisingly but then lapses into an introspective doggerel.’
    • ‘He couldn't carry a tune to save his life - he was tone-deaf.’
    • ‘Last Sunday they even had a heavily amplified, tone-deaf rock band rehearsing in the backyard all afternoon.’
    • ‘My 5-year-old giggled aloud at the silly premise of a tone-deaf and rhythmically challenged bird, Igor, who sets out in search of music lessons.’
    • ‘Even a tone-deaf fool like me can tell she has a voice like an angel.’
    • ‘After all, it included anyone who wanted to sing, from the tone-deaf bass who grumbled his monotone to the screeching soprano whose high C shattered glass.’
    • ‘Egged on by friends he proceeded to rap out some tone-deaf songs, the melodies of which were mangled through drink.’
    • ‘But the most notable characteristic of the piano is that it is eminently suitable for the tone-deaf.’
    • ‘It feels like being tone-deaf in a world of musicians.’
    • ‘Aubrey and Maturin are enthusiastic amateur musicians, Hornblower is tone-deaf.’
    • ‘The software displays the recording's structure, identifying the notes by pitch as high and low notes, alerting the tone-deaf to where their melody fell apart.’
    • ‘It's actually quite good to get tone-deaf people who think they can sing to play.’
    • ‘She didn't care, even when we said she was tone-deaf!’
    • ‘The girl who sings it has a gorgeous voice, and I feel terrible for singing it with my tone-deaf one.’
    • ‘Yet reading this novel, even a tone-deaf person could feel the delight and excitement that music enthusiasts experience when they hear an uplifting melody.’
    • ‘Why let fickle rock journalists and tone-deaf music fans control that myth?’



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