Definitions

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  • adj. Resembling a song

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

  • adj. having a melody (as distinguished from recitative)

Etymologies

song +‎ -like (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • On both occasions, Willy was mysterious, mocking, and strangely lighthearted, with a maddening songlike quality to his voice.

    End of Time

  • The title track typifies the songlike, folk-rootsy lyricism of the set, and Utnem's harmonium blends gracefully with the low-sliding sonorities of Seim's sax here and there.

    Trygve Seim/Andreas Utnem: Purcor – review

  • In that moment of songlike inspiration, I just knew that the lame gooseherd with his pipe who takes the place of the fairy godmother in Tattercoats, and whose sweet haunting music can be heard at the end of every country lane, was a Puck; and from that, the two worlds of fairytale and Shakespeare mixed, with seamless fluency.

    Writer Unboxed » Blog Archive » A local habitation and a name: Shakespeare as inspiration

  • Slapstick comedy – elaborate falls, hits, and takes acrobatic stage fighting tableaux of characters and sets dancelike movement or outright dance songlike speaking or outright singing

    sydneypadua.com » Blog Archive » Masked Theater and Animation

  • TOM MANOFF: Although Kim Kashkashian is world-famous as a violist, when I hear her name, the first word that comes to mind isn't viola, but lyricism, that quality of music to be songlike and to flow easily with emotion.

    The Lyrical Quality of Violist Kim Kashkashian

  • It was her form of lyric verse, subjective and unrhymed, a little songlike but with a rigor, a tradition of fixed order, only backwards, to test the presence of another kind of reversal, which a doctor nicely named retrogenesis.

    Falling Man

  • His third and final piece, about 15 minutes long, as were the two previous, was his most songlike.

    Disquiet » In the Bag

  • The rhythmic repetition in these same instances of equal-sounding words of equal length in identical grammatical positions is essential to the songlike quality of the passage.

    Shakespeare

  • When speeding to safety, they give a high-pitched “chip” which, when repeated 130 times a minute, creates a songlike trill that can attract birds.

    The Field Guide to Wildlife Habitats of the Eastern United States

  • As her message to the world was usually one of promise and reassurance, she had the gift of dwelling with songlike sweetness on those words in which the music lay.

    The Wrong Woman

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