syn·​co·​pat·​ed | \ ˈsiŋ-kə-ˌpā-təd How to pronounce syncopated (audio) , ˈsin- \

Definition of syncopated

1 : cut short : abbreviated
2 : marked by or exhibiting syncopation syncopated rhythm

Examples of syncopated in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Whitehead’s descriptions of the labor required to construct this chimeric locomotive are rhythmic, almost imitating the syncopated carving of the land. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, 14 May 2021 This historic vacation home puts you just off Magazine Street and a St. Charles Streetcar ride away from the syncopated rhythms and scat singing that The Big Easy made famous. oregonlive, 1 May 2021 Made mostly of copper rods and cherry-wood slats, the local artist’s creations offer variations on regular patterns, in the manner of syncopated rhythms or an ascending scale. Washington Post, 30 Apr. 2021 But Bataan then transforms the song into scorching salsa, full of hard vamps on the piano, vocal call and response, and densely syncopated percussion. Elias Leight, Rolling Stone, 30 Apr. 2021 When Al was recording a jazz band and heard the drummer doing syncopated rhythms on his kick drum, Al put a mic on the kick. Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times, 29 Apr. 2021 After the doumbek — a Middle Eastern hand drum — taps a syncopated groove in the first movement, the piccolo spins out a traditional-sounding tune, while the harp strums lush harmonies. Tim Diovanni, Dallas News, 10 Mar. 2021 Repetition has an indelible place in Black expressive culture: in the syncopated rhythms of jazz, the phrasal repetitions of the blues and the guttural moans of soul made meaningful by dint of remarkable vocal performances. Adam Bradley, New York Times, 4 Mar. 2021 Taking to the center of the field, Church appeared in a purple denim jacket playing his guitar to a slower, syncopated version of the anthem. Stephen Daw, Billboard, 7 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of syncopated

1665, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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5 Jun 2021

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“Syncopated.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of syncopated

of music : of, relating to, or having a rhythm that stresses the weak beats instead of the strong beats

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