[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 singsong

Historical Examples of singsong

  • Then she began to cry very prettily in a singsong, high-pitched voice.

    The Gorgeous Girl

    Nalbro Bartley

  • The teacher, in a singsong voice, reads a sentence which the boys shout after him.

  • “All ready, master,” said one of the men in a singsong tone.

    In Honour's Cause

    George Manville Fenn

  • Rose beat time for her sister mockingly, and they answered in singsong.

    Otherwise Phyllis

    Meredith Nicholson

  • The singsong of the river pouring through the bridges, filled his ears.

    Three Soldiers

    John Dos Passos

British Dictionary definitions for singsong



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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