tone-deaf
adjective Date: 1894 relatively insensitive to differences in musical pitch • tone deafness noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • tone-deaf — tone′ deaf adj. unable to distinguish differences in musical sounds when producing or hearing them • Etymology: 1890–95 tone′ deaf ness, n …   From formal English to slang

  • tone-deaf — tōn .def adj relatively insensitive to differences in musical pitch tone deafness n …   Medical dictionary

  • tone-deaf — [tōn′def΄] adj. not able to distinguish accurately differences in musical pitch tone deafness n …   English World dictionary

  • tone-deaf — adj unable to hear the difference between different musical notes …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • tone deaf — adjective unable to sing a tune correctly because you cannot hear the difference between musical notes …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • tone-deaf — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ unable to perceive differences of musical pitch accurately …   English terms dictionary

  • tone deaf — UK US adjective unable to sing a tune correctly because you cannot hear the difference between musical notes Thesaurus: ear and hearinghyponym general words for the face or its featuressynonym …   Useful english dictionary

  • tone-deaf — adjective unable to appreciate music • Similar to: ↑deaf * * * ˈ ̷ ̷| ̷ ̷ adjective : relatively insensitive to differences in the pitch of musical tones * * * tone deafness. /tohn def /, adj. unable to distinguish differences in pitch in musical …   Useful english dictionary

  • tone-deaf — ADJ If you say that someone is tone deaf, you mean that they cannot sing in tune or recognize different tunes …   English dictionary

  • tone-deaf — adjective unable to tell the difference between different musical notes: the tone deaf morons in today s pop groups …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • tone-deaf — tone deafness. /tohn def /, adj. unable to distinguish differences in pitch in musical sounds when producing or hearing them. [1890 95] * * * …   Universalium

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