from The Century Dictionary.

  • Not melodious; wanting melody; harsh.

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  • adjective Not melodious.

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

  • adjective not having a musical sound or pleasing tune
  • adjective lacking melody


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  • And still he sat signing the cards, only dimly aware of the commotion outside when he lifted the window to clear the room of his cigarette smoke -- chaotic Christmas noise, which sometimes resolved itself into a sort of syncopation, as when simple unmelodious people sang.


  • The wide world is wrapped in stories of those transformed into swans, with their more-true-than-human loves and their raw unmelodious voices.

    it's time to see the world. it's time to kiss the girl.

  • Saint Wendelin the Shepherd, in a strain so discordant, as startled every bird from every bush by which they passed There was never a more unmelodious melody, whether sacred or profane, than that under protection of which the elder Philipson thus conferred with his son.

    Anne of Geierstein

  • The young man looked first at his master, then up to the arched roof of the hall, then drank off the horn of ale, or wine, which stood beside him, and with a rough, yet not unmelodious voice, sung the following ditty to the ancient air of “Blue bonnets over the Border.”

    The Monastery

  • The completion of the preparations for my breakfast, by relieving the fire, gave her such extreme joy that she laughed aloud — and a very unmelodious laugh she had, I must say.

    David Copperfield

  • The bells of the churches had done their worst in the way of clanging among the unmelodious echoes of the streets, and the lighted windows of the churches had ceased to be yellow in the grey dusk, and had died out opaque black.

    Little Dorrit

  • It was a rough and unmelodious tongue, a string of rattling, guttural noises, and there seemed to be two speakers, one with a slightly lower, slower voice than the other.

    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

  • What can a rap trio do with a lengthy and unmelodious and boyishly irate folk classic?

    Another Side of Bob Dylan: A Chorus of Inventive Covers

  • The bell that clears the flying stage became a loud unmelodious clanging.

    When the Sleeper Wakes

  • But he kept these unmelodious thoughts to himself, and was outwardly considerate and kind.

    Wessex Tales


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