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

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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 Passers-by spread word of his journey, posting videos showing his wispy beard and singsong speech. Anton Troianovski, New York Times, "‘An Exorcism Must Be Done’: An Anti-Putin Shaman Sets Off Unrest," 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, "15 things to do in the D.C. area this weekend," 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., "Michael D. Connolly," 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, "EXO-CBX Serve up Energetic Electro-Pop Japanese Single 'Horololo': Listen," 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,, "Mister Rogers' music gets jazzed at Winter's Jazz Club," 23 Mar. 2018 His singsong delivery was sampled in a song by the Dave Matthews Band. Campbell Robertson, New York Times, "Arthur J. Robinson, Known as ‘Mr. Okra’ to New Orleans, Dies at 74," 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, "The Best Classical Music Performances of 2017," 6 Dec. 2017 Mashing together slang, jargon, pressurized lyricism, erudition, and singsong, he was often seen to court impenetrability in his search to conjure emotional textures rather than solid ideas. Katy Waldman, Slate Magazine, "John Ashbery’s Convex Mirror," 4 Sep. 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Where the daughter does that singsong thing in the mirror and the detective finds the old guy crying in the boathouse? Sam Lipsyte, The New Yorker, "Waiting for To-Go," 18 Jan. 2021 Lean and glittering in his Nudie suits (likely designed by the quietly iconic Manuel Cuevas), and two decades her elder, Wagoner became, in the singsong language of a country duet, the sometime father, sometime lover of his partner. Lauren Michele Jackson, The New Yorker, "The United States of Dolly Parton," 12 Oct. 2020 Once the alarm sounds, the dog howls a singsong tune in response. Fox News, "Former New York fire chief's dog howls along with department's beloved siren," 15 Sep. 2019 Plus, Bryce Vine releases a new EP, Carnival, of catchy singsong rap. Raisa Bruner, Time, "The 5 Best Songs of the Week to Listen to Now," 26 July 2019 Her songs turn mild rap cadences into singsong melodies, set to vamps that match guitar or piano chords with perky electronics. Jon Pareles, New York Times, "South by Southwest Music Festival: 17 Acts That Stood Out," 18 Mar. 2018 The singsong verse of the morality plays is countered by ribald cross talk delivered with naturalistic verve. Jesse Green, New York Times, "Review: ‘The Amateurs’ Takes On God, Noah’s Ark and the Plague. For Laughs.," 27 Feb. 2018 The stars’ heavy Irish dialects are accurate and lifelike, often with a lilting, singsong quality. Orange County Register, "‘Chapatti’ exceeds simplistic cat-versus-dog tale," 19 Jan. 2017 Sanders cooed, teasing the quarterback in a singsong voice that would have sounded right at home in a middle-school lunch room. Mark Kiszla, The Denver Post, "Kiszla: Here’s the real key to Siemian vs. Lynch competition for Broncos quarterback job," 23 May 2017

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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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The first known use of singsong was in 1609

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“Singsong.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of singsong

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


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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