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Singsong  n.  
Bad singing or poetry.
A drawling or monotonous tone, as of a badly executed song.

Collaborative International Dictionary of English 0.48

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"Singsong" Quotes from Famous Books

... accent upon the long syllable next preceding the caesura, and a slighter one upon that next before each of the demi-caesuras. When made too prominent, these pauses lead to a singsong style, which should be ...
— McGuffey's Sixth Eclectic Reader • William Holmes McGuffey

... around the ring of lodges announcing in singsong fashion the christening, and inviting everybody to a feast in honor of the event. A real American christening is always a gala occasion, when much savage wealth is distributed among the poor and old people. Winona has only just walked, and this fact is also announced with additional gifts. A wellborn ...
— Old Indian Days • [AKA Ohiyesa], Charles A. Eastman

... Blessed be the righteous Judge!" as though I had told him the news of his son's death. With that he took out a pocket knife, and wanted to make the "mourning cut." At that moment my ear caught the sound of the heartrending singsong of the Psalms. The voice was old and tremulous. It was an old man, evidently a lodger, who was reading his Psalter in ...
— In Those Days - The Story of an Old Man • Jehudah Steinberg

... Alixe. It was Mademoiselle Lotbiniere, who immediately was followed by her mother. I leaned forward, perfectly hidden, and listened to the singsong voices of the priests, the musical note of the responses, heard the Kyrie Eleison, the clanging of the belfry bell as the host was raised by the trembling bishop. The silence which followed the mournful voluntary played by the organ was most ...
— The Judgment House • Gilbert Parker

... all must answer who have not wholly forgotten themselves? I sinned, then, when as a boy I preferred those empty to those more profitable studies, or rather loved the one and hated the other. "One and one, two"; "two and two, four"; this was to me a hateful singsong: "the wooden horse lined with armed men," and "the burning of Troy," and "Creusa's shade and sad similitude," were the choice spectacle of ...
— The Confessions of Saint Augustine • Saint Augustine

... the formation of short metrical sentences without much regard to the rhythmical terminations. Monosyllables, dissyllables, and trisyllables had each their distinct time. The natives repeat their lessons, orders received, or scraps of ancient song, or extemporize in this monotonous singsong tone for hours together, and in ...
— The Hawaiian Romance Of Laieikawai • Anonymous

... very elaborate dancing-school bow, and then, swaying back and forth in school-child fashion, she recited in a monotonous singsong, these lines: ...
— Marjorie at Seacote • Carolyn Wells

Words linked to "Singsong" :   singalong, intonate, pitch contour, singing, chant, move, cantillate, intonation, rhythmic, modulation

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