From Ancient Greek κακός (kakos, “bad”) + φωνή (phonē, “voice”).
cacophonous (comparative more cacophonous, superlative most cacophonous)
- Containing, consisting of, or producing harsh, unpleasant or discordant sounds.
- 2006, Everett True, Nirvana: The Biography, Da Capo Press (2007), ISBN 9780306815546, page 58:
- The first time I saw the NYC quartet [Sonic Youth] was in 1983 for their Confusion Is Sex album, when they filled The Venue in Victoria, London with a cacophonous maelstrom of mangled sounds that still reverberates, more than two decades on.
- 2011, Fern Michaels, To Taste the Wine, Kensington Books (2011), ISBN 9780758242747, page 153:
- […] and the cacophonous clatter of pots and pans accompanied the vociferous complaints of the ship's cook.
- 2012, Michael D. Breed & Janice Moore, Animal Behavior, Academic Press (2012), ISBN 9780123725813, page 199 (image caption):
- A colony of pelicans can be cacophonous.
containing or consisting of unpleasant sounds