(Of a person’s voice) having a repeated rising and falling rhythm: the singsong 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!’
1 informal, chiefly British An informal gathering for singing.
- 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 singsong way of speaking.
- 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 (singsongs, singsonging, singsonged)[no object]
Speak or recite something in a singsong manner.
- 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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