lis·​ten·​able | \ ˈlis-nə-bəl How to pronounce listenable (audio) , ˈli-sᵊn-ə- \

Definition of listenable

: agreeable to listen to

Examples of listenable in a Sentence

He finds some of his son's music very listenable.
Recent Examples on the Web Patti Smith, Dickerson's first inspiration, let Smoke open for her in Atlanta, which provides the film with a satisfying climax, yet the talking/singing/playing/goofing-off heads that precede this apotheosis are just as watchable (and listenable). Patrick Friel, Chicago Reader, "Chicagoans / Comedy / Film / LGBTQ+ / Music / On Video Chicago Underground Film Festival at 25: A look back," 4 June 2018 It was adapted into a musical in the Eighties by renowned musicians Chico Buarque and Edu Lobo, whose very listenable songs also enliven the film. Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Great Mystical Circus' ('O Grande Circo Mistico'): Film Review | Cannes 2018," 13 May 2018 As a piece of music, Bionic is always listenable, if underwhelming. Richard S. He, Billboard, "20 Years of Xtina: How She Found, Lost and Liberated Her Voice Again," 4 May 2018 Yet, somehow, it’s been streamlined into something broadly accessible, a compulsively listenable tour de force that’s one of the best pop records of 2018 so far. Nathaniel Friedman, GQ, "U.S. Girls Isn’t Selling Out—She’s Just Writing Bops," 26 Apr. 2018 Switching to the Woo Audio WA7 tube amplifier feels like a warm hug from an old friend by comparison, and the Schiit Jotunheim and DragonFly Red DAC/amps each produce a more listenable and enjoyable output than the Hugo. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "The Chord Hugo 2 is the worst kind of audiophile equipment," 24 Apr. 2018 But these guys were masters at producing highly listenable pop. Cincinnati Enquirer,, "Doc: You're starting an NFL super team. Would you begin with Tom Brady or Bill Belichick?," 29 Jan. 2018 Too Good at Goodbyes: The album’s lead single is more listenable than many of the hits from In The Lonely Hour, and sees Smith showing off the thicker skin he’s built up over rounds of heartbreak. Maeve Mcdermott, USA TODAY, "Sam Smith’s ‘The Thrill of It All’: Ranking the album’s saddest songs," 2 Nov. 2017 The sessions became a tune, and then an album, of scraggly, lackadaisical, and compulsively listenable rock. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Rock and Roll to Break Your Writer's Block To," 13 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of listenable

1942, in the meaning defined above

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“Listenable.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 26 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of listenable

: pleasant to listen to

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