from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A refrain in old songs and ballads.
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Oh the hair … Hears hoping it turns up again in a few months. nonino Says:
(Soundbite of music) Unidentified Man: (Singing, as Page 2) It was a lover and his lass, with a hey, and a ho, and a hey nonino, with a hey, nonino-ni-no.
(Soundbite of music) BARENAKED LADIES: (Singing) And therefore take the present time, with a hey, and a ho, and a hey nonino.
With a hey, and a ho, and a hey nonino, is one of Shakespeare's many musical nonsense refrains.
Glee’s storylines weren’t good to start with, but it has gotten worse nonino Says:
We had not gone thirty paces before we heard a hearty bass voice singing: ” "'It was a lover and his lass, with a hey, with a ho, with a hey nonino.'"