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singsong

[sing-sawng, -song] /ˈsɪŋˌsɔŋ, -ˌsɒŋ/
noun
1.
verse, or a piece of verse, that is monotonously jingly in rhythm and pattern of pitch.
2.
monotonous rhythmical cadence, tone, or sound.
3.
British. an unrehearsed singing of well-known songs by an audience or other informal, untrained group; a community sing.
adjective
4.
monotonous in rhythm and in pitch.
Origin of singsong
1600-1610
1600-10; sing + song
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  • The chanting must have been much like the sing-song that some people fall into when reading verses now.

    English: Composition and Literature W. F. (William Franklin) Webster
  • Ah, Mr Bracy, sir, just having a bit of a sing-song together.

    Fix Bay'nets George Manville Fenn
  • "Thus saith the prophet," went on Seneca Sprague, in his sing-song tone.

  • I bent over the potatoes, and recited the blessing in a sing-song voice.

    Jewish Children Sholem Naumovich Rabinovich
  • It is so easy to fall into a sing-song chant, particularly with a long speech.

  • He spoke with a palpable effort and almost with a sing-song intonation.

    A Virginia Scout Hugh Pendexter
British Dictionary definitions for sing-song

singsong

/ˈsɪŋˌsɒŋ/
noun
1.
an accent, metre, or intonation that is characterized by an alternately rising and falling rhythm, as in a person's voice, piece of verse, etc
2.
(Brit) an informal session of singing, esp of popular or traditional songs
adjective
3.
having a regular or monotonous rising and falling rhythm: a singsong accent
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Word Origin and History for sing-song
adj.

also singsong, musically repetitive and unvarying, 1734, from earlier use as a noun meaning "a jingling ballad" (c.1600), from sing (v.) + song (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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