Definition of toned in English:


Pronunciation /tōnd/ /toʊnd/


  • 1Having firm and well-defined muscles.

    ‘her toned physique’
    • ‘beautifully toned arms and shoulders’
    • ‘She's a martial artist as well, which accounts for the toned body.’
    • ‘She has a sleek swimmer's body, all muscled up and toned!’
    • ‘She may be in her mid-thirties but she has beautifully toned arms and shoulders and strong lean legs.’
    • ‘Naturally athletic, she honed her skills and toned physique through years of competitive swimming and track and field events.’
    • ‘You want to do something about it but you're unmotivated - a toned butt seems so unattainable and you don't know where to start!’
  • 2Having a particular color or shade; tinted.

    ‘toned paper’
    • ‘richly toned prints’
    • ‘the leaves form bronze-toned tubes’
    • ‘The wall treatment is suggestive of a toned whitewash.’
    • ‘Both paper brands are not purely white, but are slightly toned.’
    • ‘She was awarded First Prize for her toned silver prints of leaves.’
    • ‘He suggested that this might have been achieved by applying white pigment to a toned canvas.’
    • ‘Gone are the garish colours and tones of his earlier works; enter a more neutral and earthen toned film in keeping with the stark landscapes and backdrops.’
  • 3in combination Having a musical or vocal sound of a specified pitch, quality, or strength.

    ‘a rich-toned string instrument’
    • ‘a clear-toned soprano voice’
    • ‘the deep-toned bass’
    • ‘He brought magisterial eloquence to the Prelude to Act 3, with mellow, golden-toned playing from the orchestra's brass.’
    • ‘The lovely cello solo was delivered with rich-toned authority.’
    • ‘The pure-toned, elegantly articulated flute solo was truly beautiful.’
    • ‘He commanded bright-toned singing from his excellent chamber vocal group.’
    • ‘Their performance was the very essence of great Brahms - richly reverberant string playing with that wonderful dark-toned undercurrent.’
  • 4Having a particular character or attitude.

    ‘your responses are lightly toned but very perceptive’
    • ‘Other than a few academically toned articles, I have yet to meet or read anyone who will actually back up their assertions with references to the books.’
    • ‘"Those scenes of solitude from which the hand of nature has never been lifted, affect the mind with a more deep-toned emotion than aught which the hand of man has touched," wrote Thomas Cole.’
    • ‘The singer harshly enunciates the conversationally toned verses.’
    • ‘The way they act together is brilliantly toned with the type of comedy this film is, and it's refreshing to see that the pair of them realise this.’
    • ‘While it is very likely the most seriously toned of the films in the line-up this year, it still evokes shrills of fear and delight.’