[ sing-sawng, -song ]
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  1. verse, or a piece of verse, that is monotonously jingly in rhythm and pattern of pitch.

  2. monotonous rhythmical cadence, tone, or sound.

  1. British. an unrehearsed singing of well-known songs by an audience or other informal, untrained group; a community sing.

  1. monotonous in rhythm and in pitch.

Origin of singsong

First recorded in 1600–10; sing + song Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use singsong in a sentence

  • In a loud sing-song jabber they are repeating something which they read off the slates they hold in front of them.

  • He was swearing mechanically, in a sing-song voice, as the blood seeped through each fresh turn of cotton.

    Cursed | George Allan England
  • When there is very great and regular or monotonous variation of pitch in a voice, we call it a "sing-song."

  • Wasula laughed, in spite of herself, the sing-song laugh of the wild maid of the woods.

British Dictionary definitions for singsong


/ (ˈsɪŋˌsɒŋ) /

  1. an accent, metre, or intonation that is characterized by an alternately rising and falling rhythm, as in a person's voice, piece of verse, etc

  2. British an informal session of singing, esp of popular or traditional songs

  1. having a regular or monotonous rising and falling rhythm: a singsong accent

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