un·​mu·​si·​cal | \ ˌən-ˈmyü-zi-kəl How to pronounce unmusical (audio) \

Definition of unmusical

: not musical: such as
a : not musical in nature : harsh, discordant an unmusical voice the unmusical call of the bluejay
b : not gifted in or appreciative of music Both Dick and Carolyn were married, to unmusical spouses …— John Updike

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unmusically \ ˌən-​ˈmyü-​zi-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce unmusical (audio) \ adverb
… a traveller on foot, who walked with a light quick step, and sang as he went—for certain in a very loud voice, but not unmusically. — Charles Dickens

Examples of unmusical in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web His parents were unmusical Russian-Jewish immigrants who ran various businesses with mixed success. The Economist, "The short, brilliant life of George Gershwin," 3 Oct. 2019 Paradoxically, then, the man most involved in the development of the electric guitar was the unmusical Leo Fender. David Kirby, WSJ, "‘The Birth of Loud’ Review: Constructive Feedback," 17 Jan. 2019 The controversy of Schoenberg’s serialist works—the overwhelming reaction to them as ugly, nightmarish, simply unmusical—shows how firmly tonality had come to condition habits of listening. Paul Grimstad, The New Republic, "Can You Measure How Good a Song Is?," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of unmusical

1603, in the meaning defined above

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“Unmusical.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unmusical. Accessed 1 Mar. 2021.

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