[ skert-sahn-doh, -san- ]
/ skɛrtˈsɑn doʊ, -ˈsæn- /


(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. 2020

Examples from the Web for scherzando

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

    The Pianoforte Sonata|J.S. Shedlock
  • 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

/ (skɛəˈtsændəʊ) music /

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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