[skert-sahn-doh, -san-]


(a musical direction) playful; sportive.

Origin of scherzando

1805–15; < Italian, gerund of scherzare to joke; see scherzo Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for scherzando

Historical Examples of scherzando

  • The middle movement is a Scherzando, and thereby hangs a little tale.

  • A coda of great bravery leads to the last movement, 286 which is marked "scherzando," but is rather martial in tone.

British Dictionary definitions for scherzando


adjective, adverb

to be performed in a light-hearted manner

noun plural -di (-diː) or -dos

a movement, passage, etc, directed to be performed in this way

Word Origin for scherzando

Italian, literally: joking. See scherzo
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