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Having a harsh, unpleasant sound; discordant.

[From Greek kakophōnos : kakos, bad; see kakka- in Indo-European roots + phōnē, sound; see bhā- in Indo-European roots.]

ca·coph′o·nous·ly adv.


(kəˈkɒfənəs) ,






jarring in sound; discordant; harsh
caˈcophonously, ˌcacoˈphonically adv


(kəˈkɒf ə nəs)

having a harsh or discordant sound.
[1790–1800; < Greek]
ca•coph′o•nous•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.cacophonous - having an unpleasant sound; "as cacophonous as a henyard"- John McCarten
noisy - full of or characterized by loud and nonmusical sounds; "a noisy cafeteria"; "a small noisy dog"
euphonious, euphonous - having a pleasant sound; "a euphonious trill of silver laughter"


adjective discordant, harsh, jarring, grating, raucous, strident, dissonant, inharmonious screaming guitars and cacophonous vocals


or cacophonic
or cacophonical
Characterized by unpleasant discordance of sound:


[kəˈkɒfənəs] ADJcacofónico


[kəˈkɒfənəs] adj (= discordant) → cacophonique


adjmisstönend, kakophon (geh)


[kəˈkɒfənəs] adj (frm) → cacofonico/a
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