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 Allen was the drummer behind the syncopated drumming that breathed rhythmic life into Fela Kuti’s Afrobeat genre blend of big band jazz, funk and traditional African music formats. Yinka Adegoke, Quartz Africa, "Nigerian Afrobeat pioneer Tony Allen has died," 30 Apr. 2020 But at the end of the first short phrase, the clock can’t help having some fun, breaking up the boredom by throwing in a moment of syncopated rhythm. New York Times, "Not Bach or Beethoven, but Leroy Anderson Is the Composer for Now," 22 Apr. 2020 Disco, which had started in black clubs and migrated to gay clubs, had a strong syncopated beat that everybody could move to. New York Times, "As Studio 54 Boogies to Brooklyn, Its Denizens Look Back in Wonder," 12 Mar. 2020 Besides, while heard melodies are sweet, those never heard before can be even sweeter, albeit sometimes a bit loud or strangely syncopated. Michael Dirda, Washington Post, "A celebration of the outsiders and outcasts who have made music great," 16 Oct. 2019 Reimagining punk, funk, and reggae with analytical rigor, the band set telegraphic lyrics and shards of guitar noise against austerely propulsive beats and syncopated silences. Jon Pareles,, "Andy Gill, radical guitarist with Gang of Four, at 64," 2 Feb. 2020 His hands, with their many rings, are broad and eloquent, delicately clasping and unclasping in syncopated claps. James Parker, The Atlantic, "How Flamenco Went Pop," 21 Dec. 2019 Her music warps and scars the syncopated grooves, rap flows, and electronic jolts of modern pop. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "FKA Twigs Deconstructs the Private Show," 8 Nov. 2019 The black-and-white opening introduces the two cop heroes, Woo (Park Joong-hoon) and Kim (Jang Dong-gun), in roiling, syncopated action that has the looks and rhythms of comic books and 1990s music videos. Mike Hale, New York Times, "The Great Unknown Movie of the Century So Far? Here’s Mine," 24 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of syncopated

1665, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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11 May 2020

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“Syncopated.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jul. 2020.

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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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