tone·​less ˈtōn-ləs How to pronounce toneless (audio)
: lacking in tone, modulation, or expression
a toneless voice
tonelessly adverb
tonelessness noun

Examples of toneless in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Standing at the little girl’s table again, Ivan moves his queen and in a toneless voice says: Checkmate. Sally Rooney, The New Yorker, 1 July 2024 No one would ever accuse Post Malone of eloquence, but here the music is also toneless and imprecise. Sheldon Pearce, The New Yorker, 9 June 2022

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'toneless.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

Word History

First Known Use

1773, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of toneless was in 1773

Dictionary Entries Near toneless

Cite this Entry

“Toneless.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2024.

Last Updated: - Updated example sentences
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!