Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Verse characterized by mechanical regularity of rhythm and rhyme.
  • n. A monotonously rising and falling inflection of the voice.
  • adj. Monotonous in vocal inflection or rhythm.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Like a piece of singsong; simple and melodic, varying in pitch (of tone of voice etc.)
  • n. A piece of verse with a simple, song-like rhythm.
  • n. An informal gathering at which songs are sung; a singing session.
  • v. To utter in a singsong voice.
  • v. To write poor poetry.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Drawling; monotonous; having a monotonous cadence.
  • n. Bad singing or poetry.
  • n. A drawling or monotonous tone, as of a badly executed song.
  • intransitive v. To write poor poetry.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Making songs, rimes, or inferior poetry.
  • Monotonously rhythmical in cadence and time; chanting.
  • n. Verse intended or suitable for singing; a ballad; hence, bad verse; mere rime rather than poetry.
  • n. A monotonous rhythmical cadence, sound, or tone; a wearying uniformity in the rising and falling inflections of the voice, especially in speaking.
  • n. A convivial meeting, at which every person is expected to contribute a song.
  • To make songs or verses; also, to make singsong sounds; utter a monotonous chant.
  • To express or utter in singsong.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a regular and monotonous rising and falling intonation
  • n. informal group singing of popular songs
  • v. move as if accompanied by a singsong
  • adj. uttered in a monotonous cadence or rhythm as in chanting
  • v. speak, chant, or declaim in a singsong

Etymologies

sing + song. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I also fluff thier pillow and read them their favorite jihad passages from the Koran, in singsong fashion.

    Think Progress » ThinkFast: April 28, 2006

  • And for all her grandmotherly warmth, Pelosi's peppy bursts of enthusiasm and penchant for speaking in singsong phrases — "We've gotta win, not whine!" — make her come across like a cheerfully energetic PTA mom rather than a party leader capable of swaying national opinion.

    The Odd Couple

  • As Stephanopoulos himself cozily recalls, his War Room buddy James Carville screamed in singsong when they scored a press hit on a political opponent (in language that would be unimaginable in Myers’s PG-rated book): “He’s going to have a clus-ter-fuck; he’s going to have a clus-ter-fuck.”

    Should Women Rule?

  • Have dinner with Husband’s high school friend; afterwards, tease Husband unmercifully, repeating “you liiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiike her” in singsong tones until he stops speaking to me.

    2006 November « A Bird’s Nest

  • A woman's powerful voice called a singsong phrase, and the children replied in a penetrating chorus, punctuating each phrase with unison claps.

    Spirit Gate

  • There was some kind of singsong festival going on there, most likely prayers for rain.

    Spirit Gate

  • Her name was Gwenda, and they were both Welsh, so they had this kind of singsong accent, which made it all the more inviting.

    Bono On Bono

  • About 20 children sit or squat on the carpets and, in Arabic and their Kurdish dialect, recite by rote in a kind of singsong chant the prayers and poems of their religion, praising God and the seven angels.

    Ancient Faith Is a Reminder of Iraq’s Diversity

  • The vizier's voice sank low, vibrating through the room in a kind of singsong rhythm that grew more pronounced as her tale continued.

    Mercadian Masques

  • She had wrapped her arms about herself and was trembling like a naiga spore in a strong wind, moaning in a kind of singsong rhythm.

    Day of Honor

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