Definitions

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  • adj. Unable to be tuned

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Not capable of being tuned or brought to the proper pitch.
  • Not harmonious; discordant; not musical.
  • Also untuneable.

Etymologies

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un- +‎ tunable

Examples

  • SIR JOHN: Your pardon, harsh and untunable like the subject.

    The Beau Defeated: or, The Lucky Younger Brother

  • Bunhill Fields, he sits on clear afternoons; a proud, ruggedly genial old man, with sharp satiric touches in his talk, the untunable fiber in him to the last.

    Stories of Authors, British and American

  • He had a harsh untunable voice, his father's, but harsher, and he spoke the drawling dialect of the backwoods.

    The Path of the King

  • V. LORD, my voice by nature is harsh and untunable, and it is vain to lavish any art to better it.

    Good Thoughts in Bad Times and Other Papers.

  • Alban looked thoughtful, and George turned to rejoin Waife, to whom Vance was narrating the discovery of Sophy's parentage; while Fairthorn, as he listened, drew his flute from his pocket, and began screwing it, impatient to vent in delicate music what he never could have set into words for his blundering, untunable tongue.

    What Will He Do with It? — Volume 12

  • Vance was narrating the discovery of Sophy's parentage; while Fairthorn, as he listened, drew his flute from his pocket, and began screwing it, impatient to vent in delicate music what he never could have set into words for his blundering, untunable tongue.

    What Will He Do with It? — Complete

  • Murdoch, his first teacher, says that Robert and Gilbert Burns "were left far behind by all the rest of the school" when he tried to teach them a little church music, "Robert's ear, in particular, was remarkably dull, and his voice untunable.

    Robert Burns How To Know Him

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