tune·​ful ˈtün-fəl How to pronounce tuneful (audio)
: melodious, musical
a tuneful ballad
ˈtün-fə-lē How to pronounce tuneful (audio)
tunefulness noun

Example Sentences

some especially tuneful songs have been written for this new animated film
Recent Examples on the Web Midwinter concerts offered by the Brockton Symphony Orchestra and the Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra will provide tuneful sound breaks to the midwinter pall in the south-of-Boston region. Robert Knox, BostonGlobe.com, 27 Jan. 2023 And just like that, a good team is built on collaboration and communication: an assembly where people learn from one another, bond, and seek feedback, to create a tuneful workplace melody. Suneil Kamath, Quartz, 20 Jan. 2023 At that time, the members of Heavenly, save Rogers, were still dusting off the ashes of their former project, Talulah Gosh — a spikier, but no less tuneful, ensemble beloved of influential BBC DJ John Peel. Robert Ham, SPIN, 12 Jan. 2023 His music is almost too tuneful or not sophisticated enough for them. Christopher Wallenberg, BostonGlobe.com, 5 Jan. 2023 Zorro’s score is largely tonal, tuneful and accessible, with particular influence from Puccini. Dallas News, 27 Jan. 2022 The tuneful troubadour, who died at age 30 in a 1973 airplane crash, distinguished himself as a singer-songwriter with a voice that was witty, warm and shamelessly sincere. Marc Myers, WSJ, 8 Dec. 2022 And throughout his career, Wizkid has refined his sound to a tuneful tee. Will Dukes, Rolling Stone, 4 Nov. 2022 The vigorous choral writing—both hymn-singing and mob frenzy—is static, and many of the arias are tuneful but shapeless. Heidi Waleson, WSJ, 1 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1591, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tuneful was in 1591

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“Tuneful.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tuneful. Accessed 25 Mar. 2023.

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tune·​ful ˈt(y)ün-fəl How to pronounce tuneful (audio)
tunefully adverb

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