a) having no pleasing tune; not tuneful
b) silent or mute

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  • Tuneless — Tune less, a. 1. Without tune; inharmonious; unmusical. Thy tuneless serenade. Cowley. [1913 Webster] How often have I led thy sportive choir, With tuneless pipe, beside the murmuring Loire! Goldsmith. [1913 Webster] 2. Not employed in making… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • tuneless — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ not having a pleasing tune; unmelodious. DERIVATIVES tunelessly adverb tunelessness noun …   English terms dictionary

  • tuneless — [to͞onlis, tyo͞onlis] adj. 1. not musical or melodious 2. not producing music; silent tunelessly adv. tunelessness n …   English World dictionary

  • tuneless — [[t]tju͟ːnləs, AM tu͟ːn [/t]] ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n Tuneless music and voices do not sound pleasant. Someone walked by, singing a tuneless song. Derived words: tunelessly ADV GRADED ADV after v My dad whistled tunelessly through his teeth …   English dictionary

  • tuneless — tunelessly, adv. /toohn lis, tyoohn /, adj. 1. unmelodious; unmusical. 2. making or giving no music; silent: In the corner stood a tuneless old piano. [1585 95; TUNE + LESS] * * * …   Universalium

  • tuneless — tune|less [ˈtju:nləs US ˈtu:n ] adj not having a pleasant tune ▪ tuneless humming >tunelessly adv …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • tuneless — tune|less [ tunləs ] adjective not pleasant to listen to: tuneless notes from a violin ╾ tune|less|ly adverb …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • tuneless — adjective not having a pleasant tune: tuneless humming tunelessly adverb …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • tuneless — /ˈtjunləs/ (say tyoohnluhs) adjective 1. unmelodious; unmusical. 2. making or giving no music; silent: in the corner stood a tuneless old piano. –tunelessly, adverb …  

  • tuneless — adjective Date: 1594 1. not tuneful 2. not producing music • tunelessly adverb …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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