patter song


noun

a comic song depending for its humorous effect on rapid enunciation of the words, occurring most commonly in comic opera and operetta.

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Origin of patter song

First recorded in 1815–25
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British Dictionary definitions for patter song

patter song

noun

music a humorous song or aria, the text of which consists of rapid strings of words
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