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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
First recorded in 1600-10; sing + song
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Examples from the Web for singsong
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  • Then she began to cry very prettily in a singsong, high-pitched voice.

    The Gorgeous Girl

    Nalbro Bartley
  • The teacher, in a singsong voice, reads a sentence which the boys shout after him.

    History of Education Levi Seeley
  • “All ready, master,” said one of the men in a singsong tone.

    In Honour's Cause George Manville Fenn
  • Rose beat time for her sister mockingly, and they answered in singsong.

    Otherwise Phyllis Meredith Nicholson
  • The singsong of the river pouring through the bridges, filled his ears.

    Three Soldiers John Dos Passos
  • He gave in with a sigh, and ordered in the singsong vernacular of his childhood.

  • Metre often diverts our ear to the singsong tone in which the emotions are couched.

    The Literature of Ecstasy Albert Mordell
  • When the Foanna did make answer it came in the singsong of chanted words.

    Key Out of Time Andre Alice Norton
  • Rand recognized the singsong accent he had heard on the phone.

    Murder in the Gunroom Henry Beam Piper
  • Get a good purchase, and none of your singsong; avast all jabber.

    In Clive's Command

    Herbert Strang
British Dictionary definitions for singsong

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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