Definitions

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  • n. The state or condition of being tuneless.

Etymologies

tuneless +‎ -ness (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Plus, I don't think there are many Americans who can sing The Star Spangled Banner well, so they can sympathize with her tunelessness.

    Hear Hillary sing "The Star-Spangled Banner."

  • So, whistling with moist tunelessness, he rounded the Point, Kobuk trotting on ahead.

    Where the Sun Swings North

  • There was a piano here, a rickety instrument long since hammered into tunelessness.

    The Lamp in the Desert

  • Mark heard little of the service; he was dimly aware of his uncle singing all the psalms and responses with a lusty tunelessness, and coming to fearful grief in gallant attempts to follow the shrill little choristers over a difficult country of turns and flourishes.

    The Giant's Robe

  • And Lil Wayne closed the show with a maddening performance, opening with tunelessness on "How to Love" and concluding with chaos on "John If I Die Today."

    NYT > Home Page

  • And many aren't tone deaf at all - they simply lack confidence and practice, particularly if their tunelessness was criticised as a child.

    BBC News - Home

  • So little time has she with claims of tunelessness that one course is called Tone Deaf?

    BBC News - Home

  • Nonetheless, a secure dramatic mezzo can make quite an effective thing of the queen here, and that Jennifer Larmore, still handsome and dressed to kill, did not do so must be attributed to a dullness, a tunelessness, that afflicted her in every register.

    Opera Today

  • Self-described ones have more tunelessness in their ear and have more attentive patience to hear things in your music that I think sometimes get lost when there's too much context or reference and, again, I don't think that half those people that say that Deerhunter's record is too poppy actually think that, but it's that whole system of testing the waters of opinion with their computer peer groups.

    Drowned In Sound // Feed

  • And considering the shrill tunelessness of her caterwauling, we respectfully implore the BBC to on board.

    Football news, match reports and fixtures | guardian.co.uk

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