unmelodious


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unmelodious

(ʌnmɪˈləʊdɪəs)
adj
1. not musically pleasant to listen to; discordant
2. (Music, other) (of a song or other music) not having a tune that is pleasant to listen to
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.unmelodious - not having a musical sound or pleasing tuneunmelodious - not having a musical sound or pleasing tune
2.unmelodious - lacking melodyunmelodious - lacking melody      
melodic, melodious, musical - containing or constituting or characterized by pleasing melody; "the melodious song of a meadowlark"
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A big four-by-five blackboard hung in the cabin, and Harvey never understood the need of it till, after some blinding thick days, they heard the unmelodious tooting of a foot-power fog-horn - a machine whose note is as that of a consumptive elephant.
To a present-day reader the verse sounds crude, the more so because of the harshly consonantal character of the Anglo-Saxon language; and in comparison with modern poetry it is undoubtedly unmelodious.
The bells of the churches had done their worst in the way of clanging among the unmelodious echoes of the streets, and the lighted windows of the churches had ceased to be yellow in the grey dusk, and had died out opaque black.
The completion of the preparations for my breakfast, by relieving the fire, gave her such extreme joy that she laughed aloud - and a very unmelodious laugh she had, I must say.
He then made a few rough and clumsy movements with his arms and legs, accompanying himself with a scratchy, unmelodious song.
This Unmelodious Contrivance': Music and Class in Hawthorne's Novels," Joshua Jensen, Claremont Graduate University
31) The comparison to the pye's song is probably tongue-in-cheek, considering the magpie's notoriously unmelodious voice.
adjectives and of unmelodious and pretentious verbiage, and its
That is by leading a bunch of African leaders in unmelodious chorus of bashing the West for undermining Africa and its leaders in what they think is their inalienable right to ride rough shots over their fearful -- poverty stricken subjects.
Into it Janacek wrote many notes that are explicitly ugly, unmelodious, cruel, and beside them little motifs that are tender, loving, coquettish.