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  • adv. in an unmelodious manner


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  • Kinnison studied the thing briefly, whistling unmelodiously through his teeth.

    Children of the Lens

  • I could hear the rain viciously swishing against the window-panes and gurgling unmelodiously through the gutters and from the pipes, but She whom I desired came not to keep me company.

    Drolls From Shadowland

  • They approached the rest singing in chorus, not unmelodiously, but with very little variation in notes.

    Journals of Travels in Assam, Burma, Bhootan, Afghanistan and the Neighbouring Countries

  • The birds, exhilarated by the sparkle in the air, sang with a rollicking abandonment quite contagious: the very kids and goats on the crags above the road caught the infection and frisked about, tinkling their bells and joining most unmelodiously in the song; while Barney, crossing the creek upon a flatboat, lifted up a tuneful voice in the chorus.

    Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science Volume 26, September, 1880

  • It was so precisely the tone of a stage clock -- high and pretentious, and with a disturbing suggestion of being unmelodiously flawed.

    The Jervaise Comedy

  • Rowdy was sprawled ungracefully upon somebody's bunk -- he neither knew nor cared whose -- and he was snoring unmelodiously, and not dreaming a thing; for when a cow-puncher has nothing in particular to do, he sleeps to atone for the weary hours when he must be very wide-awake.

    Rowdy of the Cross L

  • He lolled at his ease, humming, not unmelodiously, snatches of a rude song, and fingering a pack of cards.

    Peter and Wendy

  • When their purchases were made, they went back to the inn together and ate some dinner; by which time the Hottentot driver of the cart began to tune up lustily, but unmelodiously, on a bugle to inform intending passengers that it was time to start.


  • He laughed unmelodiously, and then there was a long silence.

    The Emancipated

  • She gave a gay little laugh, in which Crewe joined unmelodiously, -- for he durst not be merry in the note natural to him, -- then raised her eyes in playful appeal.

    In the Year of Jubilee


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