tune·​ful | \ ˈtün-fəl How to pronounce tuneful (audio) , ˈtyün-\

Definition of tuneful

: melodious, musical a tuneful ballad

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Other Words from tuneful

tunefully \ ˈtün-​fə-​lē How to pronounce tunefully (audio) , ˈtyün-​ \ adverb
tunefulness noun

Examples of tuneful in a Sentence

some especially tuneful songs have been written for this new animated film

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Given their tuneful nature and naked emotionalism, Mr. Tyler’s albums have something to offer those who don’t often listen to instrumental music. Mark Richardson, WSJ, "‘Goes West’ by William Tyler Review: Music History in Modern Melody," 23 Jan. 2019 Jay Gordon sings like a more tuneful Jonathan Davis, while the album’s instrumentation is more sophisticated than its title suggests. Richard S. He, Billboard, "August 18, 1998: Korn, Kid Rock, Orgy & The Biggest Day in Nu-Metal History," 30 May 2018 Her barely tuneful songs and limited musical range only added to her imperious allure. Eve Macsweeney, Vogue, "A Darkly Beautiful and Unflinching Testament to a Musical Icon’s Final Years," 2 Aug. 2018 Minogue sought inspiration by visiting that Mecca of tuneful and emotional songwriting, Nashville, for the first time in her life. Bob Doerschuk, USA TODAY, "Kylie Minogue embraces Nashville's influence on 'authentic' new album," 10 Apr. 2018 Bareilles's score offers all kinds of interesting rhythmic variety while maintaining the tuneful accessibility expected of a Broadway musical. Tony Adler, Chicago Reader, "In the world of Waitress, almost all sins can be forgiven with a song," 11 July 2018 The surface of the new songs is glossy and tuneful, with bubbling synthesizers and knowingly retro echoes of the 1970s and ’80s. Jon Pareles, New York Times, "Behind the Cartoon Gorillaz, Damon Albarn Is a Man Alone," 27 June 2018 The band forges a powerful hybrid of melody and mood, creating a tuneful lattice of sound that often lingers in the air rather than pushing forward. Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader, "Drummer Brian Blade funnels his disparate interests into the Fellowship Band," 11 May 2018 No matter the volume, Carlile’s deliveries sounded tuneful and nuanced, her tones mellifluous and warm. Bob Gendron, chicagotribune.com, "Brandi Carlile was daring, personal and triumphant," 16 June 2018

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First Known Use of tuneful

1591, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of tuneful was in 1591

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English Language Learners Definition of tuneful

: having a pleasant musical sound

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