Definition of sing-song in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsɪŋsɒŋ/


(Of a person’s voice) having a repeated rising and falling rhythm: the sing-song voices of children reciting tables
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  • ‘I get to be a Dragon, I get to be a Dragon,’ she repeated in a sing-song voice, many times.
  • The interpreter turns to an obviously bored senseless Nic and repeats in a sing-song voice, ‘What do you like about Japan?’
  • Andrea began teasing in a lilting sing-song voice, ‘Brandon's got a girlfriend, Brandon's got a girlfriend!’


1British informal An informal gathering for singing: he used to play the piano and have a sing-song with his pals
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  • It was rooted in the parlour musicales, the outdoor sing-songs, the marching bands, the hymns stoutly sung in church, and other impressions of his boyhood.
  • As we grow older, we all become nostalgic for the past and Mrs Manning spoke of schooldays, family sing-songs, church concerts and so on.
  • In addition to doing school studies, the students can take part in dances, film shows, concerts, sing-songs, debates and quizzes.
2 [in singular] A sing-song way of speaking: she was speaking gently in her soft Irish sing-song
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  • When dinner's ready I sashay into the lounge room and announce in a loud sing-song, ‘Comestibles!’
  • Eventually, she starts rambling in a dazed sing-song about fat women walking up a hill and thin women walking down.
  • There's some vague taste of that childhood sing-song, ‘I know what you did’ in his tone and his gaze.

verb (sing-songs, sing-songing, sing-songed)

[no object]
Speak or recite something in a sing-song manner: the kids started sing-songing [with direct speech]: ‘Blessed be’ sing-songed Kruger
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  • As if campaigning before the local Democratic Ladies' Club lunch, he sing-songed back, ‘There will be plenty of time to discuss all of those issues, about why, and how, and what, and if.’
  • My mother sat beside his bed, sing-songing to him with her sad flowery Kermanshahi accent, ‘Did you see what happened to us, my little brother, my little beloved?’
  • ’I loathe him’, she sing-songed as the waiter walked away.

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