syn·​co·​pat·​ed ˈsiŋ-kə-ˌpā-təd How to pronounce syncopated (audio)
: cut short : abbreviated
: marked by or exhibiting syncopation
syncopated rhythm

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Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web That verse part used a syncopated guitar riff to create minor-sounding tension amid major chords. Tom Roland, Billboard, 6 July 2022 Cantering is where the rider squeezes with their lower legs and feet and then leans forward and clicks their tongue to get the get the horse to take three syncopated steps in each stride. Madison Smalstig, The Indianapolis Star, 1 July 2022 Instead, the focus is on monster grooves livened up with a barrage of syncopated percussion played on cowbells, congas, bongos, and more. Jay Quan, Rolling Stone, 16 June 2022 That was handled by Alex Wright, who also invented a syncopated riff that became a theme throughout the song. Tom Roland, Billboard, 14 June 2022 Her syncopated vocals bolster poppy production and her signature blistering guitar work, making for a potent reminder to celebrate the present and not worry about sticking to any preconceived timeline. Jessica Nicholson, Billboard, 29 Apr. 2022 The pentatonic melodies and syncopated rhythms found within are some of the African influences that made the symphony a novel hybrid for its time. San Diego Union-Tribune, 25 Apr. 2022 But over the course of his time there, the music of the town changes to a more syncopated, looser ragtime. Dave Quinn,, 6 Apr. 2022 Her songs were aggressive, jaggedly syncopated funk that was anything but shy. New York Times, 10 Feb. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1665, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of syncopated was in 1665

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“Syncopated.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Aug. 2022.

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