- to utter with a particular tone or voice modulation.
- to give tone or variety of tone to; vocalize.
- to utter in a singing voice (the first tones of a section in a liturgical service).
- to recite or chant in monotone.
- to speak or recite in a singing voice, especially in monotone; chant.
- Music. to produce a tone, or a particular series of tones, like a scale, especially with the voice.
Origin of intone
- to utter, recite, or sing (a chant, prayer, etc) in a monotonous or incantatory tone
- (intr) to speak with a particular or characteristic intonation or tone
- to sing (the opening phrase of a psalm, etc) in plainsong
Word Origin and History for intoner
late 14c., entunen "sing, chant, recite," from Old French entoner "sing, chant" (13c.), from Medieval Latin intonare "sing according to tone," from Latin in- "in" (see in- (2)) + tonus "tone," from Greek tonos (see tenet). A different verb intone was in use 17c.18c., from Latin intonare "to thunder, resound," figuratively "to cry out vehemently," from tonare "to thunder." Related: Intoned; intoning.