[sing-sawng, -song]


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.


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. 2019

Examples from the Web for sing-song

Contemporary Examples of sing-song

Historical Examples of sing-song

  • "The same to you, sir," said the other, in a sing-song tone.

    One Of Them

    Charles James Lever

  • The languid monotony of his sing-song changed to a swift, sharp clamor.

    End of the Tether

    Joseph Conrad

  • Ah, Mr Bracy, sir, just having a bit of a sing-song together.

    Fix Bay'nets

    George Manville Fenn

  • I remember how he stood in the firelight and chanted the words in a sing-song tone.

    Eben Holden

    Irving Bacheller

  • I bent over the potatoes, and recited the blessing in a sing-song voice.

    Jewish Children

    Sholem Naumovich Rabinovich

British Dictionary definitions for sing-song



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


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

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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