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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Music Pitched higher or lower than the correct notes of a melody.
  • adj. Being out of accord with what is considered normal or appropriate: a high-flown, off-key speech by a newcomer.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. pitched inaccurately either above or below the correct note
  • adj. not harmonious, or out of accord

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Deviating from the proper pitch; -- of a musical note or series of notes.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. inaccurate in pitch

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