[trah-lah or trah-lah-lah]
- nonsense syllables sung as a refrain, expressing gaiety.
Origin of tra-la
First recorded in 1815–25
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Examples from the Web for tra-la
"Tra-la, comrade," he shouted, leaping out of the cellar as soon as he saw me.Lords of the North
A. C. Laut
"Tra-la, tra-la-la-la-la," chirped he, softly and contentedly.The Diamond Coterie
Lawrence L. Lynch
Then Kipps began to sing, "Ar pars eight tra-la, in the lane be'ind the church."
The "tra-la" was considered to render this sentence incomprehensible to the uninitiated.
He took the doll and jumped it up and down in the air, dancing about and singing, “Tra-la.”
- a set of nonsensical syllables used in humming music, esp for a melody or refrain
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