sing·​song | \ ˈsiŋ-ˌsȯŋ How to pronounce singsong (audio) \

Definition of singsong

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : verse with marked and regular rhythm and rhyme
2 : a voice delivery marked by a narrow range or monotonous pattern of pitch
3 British : songfest



Definition of singsong (Entry 2 of 2)

: having a monotonous cadence or rhythm

Other Words from singsong


singsongy \ ˈsiŋ-​ˌsȯŋ-​ē How to pronounce singsong (audio) \ adjective

Examples of singsong in a Sentence

Noun They spoke in a singsong.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Mountain gorillas exhibit dozens of vocalizations, and Bauma is always vocalizing with Ndakasi in singsong and grunts and the rumbling belches that signal contentment and safety. Jamie Lauren Keiles Ismail Muhammad Kim Tingley Benoit Denizet-lewis Sam Anderson Jazmine Hughes Irina Aleksander Sasha Weiss Rowan Ricardo Phillips Stella Bugbee Michael Paterniti Maggie Jones Robert Draper Rob Hoerburger Jason Zengerle Reginald Dwayne Betts Jane Hu David Marchese Hanif Abdurraqib Jenna Wortham Anthony Giardina Niela Orr Amy X. Wang, New York Times, 25 Dec. 2021 Passers-by spread word of his journey, posting videos showing his wispy beard and singsong speech. Anton Troianovski, New York Times, 9 Oct. 2019 Tecca worked with the producing duo Internet Money, whose beats launched the careers of Juice Wrld, among others, to fashion his infectious singsong flow. Washington Post, 7 Nov. 2019 His love of singing brought joy to his life and those around him, from church choirs and minor league baseball games to Irish events and living room singsongs., 5 July 2018 Propulsive beats and woozy synths fade in and out as the trio chant the titular chorus and deliver smooth singsong raps. Tamar Herman, Billboard, 27 Apr. 2018 For though the singsong lyrics could be understood by a 3-year-old, Johnsrud’s gentle melodic inflections and subtle turns of phrase took this music to a more meaningful level, no small feat. Howard Reich,, 23 Mar. 2018 His singsong delivery was sampled in a song by the Dave Matthews Band. Campbell Robertson, New York Times, 19 Feb. 2018 Embodying ragtag park denizens, Mannes students meticulously captured Ashley’s singsong, half-speaking style and his deadpan ruefulness. The New York Times, New York Times, 6 Dec. 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Many Americans are more familiar with Cantonese’s singsong cadences than the more clipped tones of Mandarin. Anh Dostaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 17 Apr. 2022 Many Americans are more familiar with Cantonese’s singsong cadences than the more clipped tones of Mandarin. Tribune News Service, oregonlive, 23 Apr. 2022 The singsong, paired with darling illustrations and Sendak’s devil-may-care attitude winking from every page, is forever-enchanting stuff. Adrienne Lafrance, The Atlantic, 29 Mar. 2022 With her boisterous personality and cheery singsong voice, the Queen of French Cuisine steered Americans into the kitchen to whip up French onion soup, roast chicken and, of course, beef bourguignon. Los Angeles Times Staff, Los Angeles Times, 18 Mar. 2022 His music is trap-adjacent, bounce-heavy, and Auto-Tuned, and his nasally singsong voice intensifies into a snarl. Sheldon Pearce, The New Yorker, 20 Jan. 2022 That’s especially true in Beane’s singsong dialogue, mostly rendered four feet to a line with a few extra left feet thrown in. New York Times, 24 Oct. 2021 The syncopated insult rhythms and singsong sermonizing trigger emotional responses. Helen Shaw, Vulture, 11 Oct. 2021 Markéta, the shooting victim mourned by her waitress mother, makes ghostly visitations, her folkish, singsong melodies slicing through the prevailing density of Saariaho’s harmonic textures. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, 19 July 2021 See More

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First Known Use of singsong


1609, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1734, in the meaning defined above

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More Definitions for singsong


sing·​song | \ ˈsiŋ-ˌsȯŋ How to pronounce singsong (audio) \

Kids Definition of singsong

: a way of speaking in which the pitch of the voice rises and falls in a pattern

Other Words from singsong

singsong adjective a singsong voice


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