From Middle English tune, an unexplained variant of tone, borrowed from Old French ton, from Latin tonus, from Ancient Greek τόνος (tónos, “a tone”). Doublet of tone, ton, and tonus.
tune (countable and uncountable, plural tunes)
- A melody.
- A song, or short musical composition.
- (informal) The act of tuning or maintenance.
- The state or condition of being correctly tuned.
- (Britain, slang) A very good popular song.
- Temper; frame of mind.
- (obsolete) A sound; a note; a tone.
- (obsolete) Order; harmony; concord.
tune (third-person singular simple present tunes, present participle tuning, simple past and past participle tuned)
- To modify a musical instrument so that it produces the correct pitches.
- To adjust a mechanical, electric or electronic device (such as a radio or a car engine) so that it functions optimally.
- To make more precise, intense, or effective; to put into a proper state or disposition.
- To attune; to adapt in style of music; to make harmonious.
- (transitive) To give a certain tone or character to.
- To sing with melody or harmony.
- (South Africa, slang, transitive) To cheek; to be impudent towards.