scherzando

adverb or adjective
scher·​zan·​do | \ skert-ˈsän-(ˌ)dō How to pronounce scherzando (audio) \

Definition of scherzando

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: in sportive manner : playfully used as a direction in music indicating style and tempo allegretto scherzando

scherzando

noun
plural scherzandos

Definition of scherzando (Entry 2 of 2)

: a passage or movement in scherzando style

First Known Use of scherzando

Adverb or adjective

circa 1811, in the meaning defined above

Noun

circa 1876, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for scherzando

Adverb or adjective

Italian, from verbal of scherzare to joke, of Germanic origin; akin to Middle High German scherzen to leap for joy, joke; perhaps akin to Greek skairein to gambol

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