syncopated

adjective
syn·​co·​pat·​ed | \ˈsiŋ-kə-ˌpā-təd, ˈsin-\

Definition of syncopated 

1 : cut short : abbreviated

2 : marked by or exhibiting syncopation syncopated rhythm

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Royal, drummer Charles Neal and bassist James H. Leary (chipping in after bass player Andre St. James died in late May) are finely syncopated to the music and moods of the unpredictable diva. OregonLive.com, "'Lady Day' tells Billie Holiday's story in richly layered, unforgettable show," 4 June 2018 The track is a collaboration with three other producers — mainly Hudson Mohawke, along with John Hill and Peter Wade — that cunningly mutates from a sparse dembow beat through syncopated trance chords to a skein of prog-rock organ arpeggios. Jon Pareles, New York Times, "The Playlist: The 1975 Talk About Its Generation, and 9 More New Songs," 1 June 2018 The electric guitar, in many ways, became in the '50s and '60s – with its syncopated, buzz-heavy, feedback screeching, accompanist – the sound of uniquely American independence. Patrik Jonsson, The Christian Science Monitor, "Fall of Gibson: Where have all the guitar heroes gone?," 7 May 2018 My rhythm and stuff comes more from listening to Parliament/Funkadelic and syncopated kind of rhythmic singing and Otis Redding is a very rhythmic singer. Matt Wake, AL.com, "Chris Robinson talks Black Crowes, Jimmy Page, drugs, hot new tour," 10 Apr. 2018 The Lally-Canty rhythm section offered a syncopated, lustily grooving backbone in contrast to the speed and thrash of punk up to that point. Giovanni Russonello, New York Times, "To Make the Messthetics, Mix a Reunion With One Virtuosic Newcomer," 20 Mar. 2018 In the popular funk hits of the moment, there is usually just one melodic riff -- a squiggly trill on horn, synth or guitar -- joined with a light, highly syncopated drum pattern scooting at around 130 beats per minute. Elias Leight, Billboard, "Brazilians Ride Latin Pop Wave: 'Hypnotic' Funk Sounds of Anitta, MC Fioti Setting Streaming Records," 26 Jan. 2018 There's a strong New Orleans feel to several of the album's eight tracks, plenty of feel-good funk with syncopated rhythms, bright brass, greasy keyboard tones and raunchy guitar. Lawrence Specker, AL.com, "Drummer John Milham moves to the front of the stage," 2 Feb. 2018 Sierra’s music comes charging out of the gate with a syncopated thicket of notes and never lets up until the pounding conclusion where the soloist’s drums punctuate ecstatic roars from the orchestra. Christian Hertzog, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Steven Schick amazes in Roberto Sierra's exuberant percussion concerto," 14 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of syncopated

1665, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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syncopated

adjective

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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