1. Unable to clearly distinguish the difference in pitch between different notes.
  2. (colloquial) Having little appreciation of music, whether or not as a result of tone deafness.
  3. (colloquial) Out of touch with the experience of ordinary people.
    a politician's tone-deaf remarks about the price of bread
  4. (colloquial) Insensitive and offensive as a result of not noticing the current social context.


tone-deaf (uncountable)

  1. Tone-deaf people, as a group.
    a distinction unavailable to the tone-deaf
  • French: qui n'a pas d'oreille
  • German: ohne Gefühl für Tonhöhen, ohne musikalisches Gehör
  • Italian: che non ha orecchio
  • Portuguese: amúsico
  • Russian: не различать
  • Spanish: sin oído musical

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