American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Deficient in melody; not tuneful.
- adj. Producing no music; silent.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Unmusical; inharmonious.
- Not employed in or not capable of making music.
- Not expressed rhythmically or musically; silent; without voice or utterance.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Without tune; inharmonious; unmusical.
- adj. Not employed in making music.
- adj. rare Not expressed in music or poetry; unsung.
- adj. not having a musical sound or pleasing tune
“But then "Spin" had to be sung by bassist Tracy Wormworth when Patty went M.I.A., during exhaustive recording sessions in England (Tracey had also recorded the title track, which some people actually prefer, but then Patty did her own take and that was used.) "Pleasure" is an unnecessary instrumental (were vocals dropped when Patty vanished?) and "They're All Out of Liquor, Let's Find Another Party" is a great title, but the song is as humorless as it is tuneless, which is everything the Waitresses were not.”
“Once the show actually begins, it's obvious that writers Craig Christie and Andrew Patterson have done their homework - with the likes of Sweden represented by a perky Abba-style quartet, the UK by a couple of chavvy singers with a pointless ballad, Iceland by a Bjork-alike singing a tuneless, meaningless song.”
“The first bossa nova vocalist that most of us heard was Astrud Gilberto , who gave the world the false impression that Brazilians sang in a mono-dynamic, largely tuneless voice, free from inflection or tonal color.”
“Sure, Ellery James Roberts might just be the most tuneless singer you've heard all year.”
“When I began, I was awful; my wife described me as "cute, but tuneless.”
“She was singing a tuneless little song, over and over again.”
“The footage of working men's clubs during the 60s and 70s is especially brilliant: the delicate etiquette of how older workers got to stand on the carpet and the younger ones further out on the lino, women contained in "the snug", mainly on Fridays, with a bottle of Sweetheart Stout and other abandoned wives to chat to; a tuneless club singer honking out an approximation of Frank Sinatra to moist-eyed, Brylcreem-sodden men.”
“The fans found their voice; by the end they were hollering constantly in a good-natured but rather shambolic and tuneless way, like drunks attempting a full run-through of La Traviata on the way home from the pub.”
“Their song, if one can name it such, is a tuneless ditty of five notes that seems somehow tentative and spiritless.”
“Then there's disappointment when they eventually make their pilgrimage and are greeted by 200 stalls selling scented candles all blaring out tuneless repetitive techno like this.”
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