from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Deficient in melody; not tuneful.
  • adjective Producing no music; silent.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Unmusical; inharmonious.
  • Not employed in or not capable of making music.
  • Not expressed rhythmically or musically; silent; without voice or utterance.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Without tune; inharmonious; unmusical.
  • adjective Not employed in making music.
  • adjective rare Not expressed in music or poetry; unsung.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Having no pleasing tune; not tuneful.
  • adjective Silent or mute.

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

  • adjective not having a musical sound or pleasing tune


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