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[sing-sawng, -song] /ˈsɪŋˌsɔŋ, -ˌsɒŋ/
verse, or a piece of verse, that is monotonously jingly in rhythm and pattern of pitch.
monotonous rhythmical cadence, tone, or sound.
British. an unrehearsed singing of well-known songs by an audience or other informal, untrained group; a community sing.
monotonous in rhythm and in pitch.
Origin of singsong
First recorded in 1600-10; sing + song Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Examples from the Web for singsong
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  • When the Foanna did make answer it came in the singsong of chanted words.

    Key Out of Time Andre Alice Norton
  • Then she began to cry very prettily in a singsong, high-pitched voice.

    The Gorgeous Girl Nalbro Bartley
  • Molly still rocked and spoke in the singsong voice one uses to a sobbing child.

    The Heart of the Desert Honor Willsie Morrow
  • “All ready, master,” said one of the men in a singsong tone.

    In Honour's Cause George Manville Fenn
  • Metre often diverts our ear to the singsong tone in which the emotions are couched.

    The Literature of Ecstasy Albert Mordell
  • Rose beat time for her sister mockingly, and they answered in singsong.

    Otherwise Phyllis Meredith Nicholson
  • "Madam," she said in her singsong of four years ago and in the same servile tone.

    Woman Magdeleine Marx
  • He gave in with a sigh, and ordered in the singsong vernacular of his childhood.

  • He shifted his gaze uneasily, as he repeated almost in a singsong way, "go round the other side of the house."

    The Gold Bag Carolyn Wells
  • Rand recognized the singsong accent he had heard on the phone.

    Murder in the Gunroom Henry Beam Piper
British Dictionary definitions for singsong


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
(Brit) an informal session of singing, esp of popular or traditional songs
having a regular or monotonous rising and falling rhythm: a singsong accent
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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