[ sing-uh-lawng, -long ]
/ ˈsɪŋ əˌlɔŋ, -ˌlɒŋ /
an informal or unrehearsed singing of songs by a group of people, usually under the direction of a leader; songfest.
an occasion marked by such singing.
Kids Sing The Darndest ThingsRemember when you finally learned that the Red Hot Chili Peppers weren't singing “with a butter shed this lonely view” but “with the bird I’ll share this lonely view”? Right?! We do, too. Misheard utterances (usually in the form of song lyrics) are called mondegreens and we’ve got a whole article explaining how they work. Hearing things incorrectly starts pretty much the moment you have ears. Children’s misheard lyrics are especially cute because kids are so ridiculously innocent—even if what they mishear sometimes isn’t! Take a look.
Origin of sing-along
First recorded in 1955–60; noun use of verb phrase sing along
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British Dictionary definitions for sing along
verb (intr, adverb)
to join in singing with a performer
such a singsong
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Word Origin and History for sing along
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