singsong

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj singsong uttered in a monotonous cadence or rhythm as in chanting "their chantlike intoned prayers","a singsong manner of speaking"
    • v singsong speak, chant, or declaim in a singsong
    • v singsong move as if accompanied by a singsong "The porters singsonged the travellers' luggage up the mountain"
    • n singsong informal group singing of popular songs
    • n singsong a regular and monotonous rising and falling intonation
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Singsong A drawling or monotonous tone, as of a badly executed song.
    • Singsong Bad singing or poetry.
    • a Singsong Drawling; monotonous; having a monotonous cadence.
    • v. i Singsong To write poor poetry.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • singsong Making songs, rimes, or inferior poetry.
    • singsong Monotonously rhythmical in cadence and time; chanting.
    • n singsong Verse intended or suitable for singing; a ballad; hence, bad verse; mere rime rather than poetry.
    • n singsong A monotonous rhythmical cadence, sound, or tone; a wearying uniformity in the rising and falling inflections of the voice, especially in speaking.
    • n singsong A convivial meeting, at which every person is expected to contribute a song.
    • singsong To make songs or verses; also, to make singsong sounds; utter a monotonous chant.
    • singsong To express or utter in singsong.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Singsong sing′song bad singing: drawling: a convivial meeting where every one must sing
    • adj Singsong monotonously rhythmical, drawling
    • v.t., v.i Singsong to make songs: to chant monotonously
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Usage

In literature:

She commenced calling in a low singsong voice that was half purr.
"The Gods of Mars" by Edgar Rice Burroughs
He heard her calling to the banths in a low, singsong voice that was half purr.
"Thuvia, Maid of Mars" by Edgar Rice Burroughs
There was no sound but the high, singsong buzz of wild bees and the sunny gurgle of the water underneath.
"My Antonia" by Willa Cather
It was a steady, monotonous, singsong voice.
"Moon-Face and Other Stories" by Jack London
Meanwhile there came from the deck the singsong of men heaving up the anchor.
"In Clive's Command" by Herbert Strang
Old Molly hummed a singsong air over the stew-pot.
"The Heart of the Desert" by Honoré Willsie Morrow
A crackling of noise with a singsong rhythm, the volume of which, low at first, arose to a drone filled the cabin.
"The Time Traders" by Andre Norton
When the Foanna did make answer it came in the singsong of chanted words.
"Key Out of Time" by Andre Alice Norton
The singsong verses had almost the dignity of lyric expression, of the essence of familiarity with that which is unknown.
"Christmas" by Zona Gale
Long before daybreak we would hear his voice raised in a singsong prayer full of strange runs and weird minors.
"In Africa" by John T. McCutcheon
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In poetry:

The Husbandman and Hind may full as well,
E'en whilst at plough, to their Creator pray,
As to their cattle some dull jargon tell,
Or silly singsong, all the live-long day.
"Advice To Pray Earnestly, And On All Occasions, Supposed To Be Address'd To His Own Son" by Rees Prichard
Lulled by my mount's slow, easy pace, I listen
With joy-tinged, quiet sadness to the hum
Of wind as it invades with singsong whistle
And drawn-out moan the barrels of my gun.
""No birds in sight, The forest withers slowly"" by Ivan Bunin

In news:

With only a rough third of his singsong filmography familiar to American movieheads, French new wave fantasist Jacques Demy seems long overdue for a wall-to-wall Gotham retrospective.
Mothers coo to their babies in a melodious singsong sometimes called motherese, a behavior that is unique to humans.
Listening to its droning, singsong arrogance, it was hard to remember just how beautiful Pavement 's music could be.
They were the catchiest, heaviest singsong death metal around.
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