An uncouth or disagreable noise of terms because of the concurrence of harsh letters or syllables
- a loud harsh or strident noise
- noisy confusing disagreeable noises
- An uncouth or disagreable noise of terms, due to the concurrence of harsh letters or syllables.
- a variety of discordant noises.
- An unhealthy condition of sound.
1650s, from Greek kakophonia, from kakophonos "harsh sounding," from kakos "bad, wicked" (see caco-) + phone "voice" (see fame (n.)). Associated: Cacophonous.
Her thoughts were interrupted by a cacophony of squawks and wings beating against the chicken coop walls.