tone-deaf

adjective \ ˈtōn-ˌdef \
|Updated on: 12 Jun 2018

Definition of tone-deaf

1 : relatively insensitive to differences in musical pitch
2 : having or showing an obtuse insensitivity or lack of perception particularly in matters of public sentiment, opinion, or taste
  • The White House long ago concluded that she is aloof and politically tone-deaf
  • —Michael Duffy
  • At the time, I wondered how such an intelligent man could be so tone-deaf to the harsh realities facing the nation …
  • —Peniel E. Joseph

tone deafness

noun

First Known Use of tone-deaf

1883

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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TONE-DEAF Defined for English Language Learners

tone-deaf

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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