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Definition of "cacophonous" [cacophonous]

  • Having a harsh, unpleasant sound; discordant. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "cacophonous" in a sentence
  • "One cannot escape the feeling that, for these slim tales, appearance between these covers is a kind of cacophonous family reunion, where the relatives have long been far-flung across continents, and yet immediately have thousands of things to say."
  • "Some Singaporeans chimed in, asking 'how can Orchard Road be a world-class shopping haven and rival other major cities such as Tokyo when it is a free-for-all zone for anyone to hawk their stuff?', perhaps in reference to the "particularly irksome", "cacophonous" strains of buskers trying to make a living amidst the noise of nearby roadshows."
  • "We're also aware that the large crowds expected at the rallies could produce a cacophonous din, one in which you are unable to discern which jokes are being made by audience members, counter-protesters, or the day's main attractions — and, worse still, where observers may think you are laughing at an anti-Republican joke when you are actually laughing at an anti-Democrat joke."