singsong

[ sing-sawng, -song ]
/ ˈsɪŋˌsɔŋ, -ˌsɒŋ /

noun

verse, or a piece of verse, that is monotonously jingly in rhythm and pattern of pitch.
monotonous rhythmical cadence, tone, or sound.
British. an unrehearsed singing of well-known songs by an audience or other informal, untrained group; a community sing.

adjective

monotonous in rhythm and in pitch.

Nearby words

  1. singleton,
  2. singletrack,
  3. singletree,
  4. singlish,
  5. singly,
  6. singspiel,
  7. singular,
  8. singular point,
  9. singularity,
  10. singularize

Origin of singsong

First recorded in 1600–10; sing + song

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British Dictionary definitions for sing-song

singsong

/ (ˈsɪŋˌsɒŋ) /

noun

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

adjective

having a regular or monotonous rising and falling rhythma singsong accent
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Word Origin and History for sing-song

sing-song

adj.

also singsong, musically repetitive and unvarying, 1734, from earlier use as a noun meaning "a jingling ballad" (c.1600), from sing (v.) + song (n.).

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