Something euphonious sounds beautiful and pleasant. “You have a euphonious voice!” is a great compliment for a singer.

This word sounds pretty when you say it, so it makes sense that it describes something pleasing to the ear. Most often, this word applies to music (probably not a heavy metal band, though). A great public speaker might have a euphonious voice. A well-written poem sounds euphonious. Many people find the sounds of nature euphonious. But the sound of barking, howling dogs? Not euphonious.

Definitions of euphonious
  1. adjective

    having a pleasant sound

    euphonious trill of silver laughter”


    suggestive of gold
    silvern, silvery

    resembling or reminiscent of silver
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    cacophonic, cacophonous

    having an unpleasant sound
    cackly, squawky

    like the cackles or squawks a hen makes especially after laying an egg
    croaky, guttural

    like the sounds of frogs and crows
    grating, gravelly, rasping, raspy, rough, scratchy

    unpleasantly harsh or grating in sound
    gruff, hoarse, husky

    deep and harsh sounding as if from shouting or illness or emotion
    jangling, jangly

    like the discordant ringing of nonmusical metallic objects striking together

    making or causing a harsh and irritating sound
    raucous, strident

    unpleasantly loud and harsh
    rending, ripping, splitting

    resembling a sound of violent tearing as of something ripped apart or lightning splitting a tree

    full of or characterized by loud and nonmusical sounds
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  2. adjective

    (of speech or dialect) pleasing in sound; not harsh or strident

    euphonious Southern speech”


    (of sound) relatively low in volume

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