tone-deaf

adjective \ ˈtōn-ˌdef \

Definition of tone-deaf

:relatively insensitive to differences in musical pitch

tone deafness

noun

First Known Use of tone-deaf

1894


TONE-DEAF Defined for English Language Learners

tone-deaf

adjective

Definition of tone-deaf for English Language Learners

  • : unable to hear the difference between musical notes or sing the right musical notes


Medical Dictionary

tone-deaf

adjective \ ˈtōn-ˌdef \

medical Definition of tone-deaf

:relatively insensitive to differences in musical pitch

tone deafness

noun

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