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

Examples of tuneful in a Sentence

some especially tuneful songs have been written for this new animated film
Recent Examples on the Web Which makes sense: Every few years, the record industry seems to rediscover the latent public demand for tuneful male angst. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, 11 June 2024 The show is smart, witty, tuneful, and teeming with mighty performances. Sara Holdren, Vulture, 18 Apr. 2024 Too tuneful and idiosyncratic to compete with the grime of grunge, World Party evolved into a cult act, maintaining a faithful audience but rarely crossing over into the mainstream. Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Los Angeles Times, 12 Mar. 2024 All but one of its tracks deal with romantic ups and (mostly) downs, honed into crisp, tuneful pop structures. Jon Pareles, New York Times, 18 Mar. 2024 The clock is just as rare, gorgeous, and tuneful now as then. Brian T. Allen, National Review, 27 Jan. 2024 Looking for a tuneful way to spend Valentine’s Day? Jim Harrington, The Mercury News, 30 Jan. 2024 More than just play songs, Sonic Youth explored how sound itself could be made to behave, to mesmerize and terrify, in beautiful, horrible-sounding ways, with tuneful music made of uncategorizable noise. Jonathan Rowe, SPIN, 23 Jan. 2024 Most of his serious concert music was amiable and tuneful, based on themes with an appealing folk-like innocence. Allan Kozinn, Washington Post, 18 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1591, in the meaning defined above

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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 24 Jun. 2024.

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

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