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 singsongy (audio) \ adjective

Examples of singsong in a Sentence


They spoke in a singsong.

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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 With his singsong voice echoing through the school’s P.A. system, Hunt talked about Jody Bradley, a first-grade teacher who had grown up in Chehalis and, at first, hadn’t considered higher education. Katherine Long, The Seattle Times, "Just 20% of kids got 4-year degrees, so Chehalis schools changed everything," 1 June 2017 Outside, an umbrella vendor trying to lure customers repeated a singsong, two-note chant, a narrow interval between G and the B above it. Corey Kilgannon, New York Times, "Character Study," 1 Dec. 2016

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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 The film’s special music is that of Dickinson’s poems, which are heard, throughout, in recitations by Nixon that catch the glint of raging inner furies looming deep within the poems’ plain surfaces and lullingly singsong hymnal rhythms. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "Terence Davies’s Truthful Fictions About Emily Dickinson," 19 Apr. 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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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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