singsong

Anything that's singsong has a musical sound. Kindergarten teachers are generally good at saying things like, "Everybody put your coats on for recess," in a singsong voice.

A child will fall asleep easily listening to his dad's singsong reading of a bedtime story; and the singsong call of her master will catch a dog's attention at the dog park. Singsong means just what it sounds like, a rhythmic, chanting kind of almost-singing. In some parts of the world, it's also the same as a singalong, or group song. An earlier meaning, from the 17th century, was "a jingling ballad."

Definitions of singsong
  1. adjective
    uttered in a monotonous cadence or rhythm as in chanting
    “a singsong manner of speaking”
    synonyms: chantlike, intoned
    rhythmic, rhythmical
    recurring with measured regularity
  2. noun
    informal group singing of popular songs
    synonyms: singalong
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    type of:
    singing, vocalizing
    the act of singing vocal music
  3. noun
    a regular and monotonous rising and falling intonation
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    type of:
    cadence, intonation, modulation, pitch contour
    rise and fall of the voice pitch
  4. verb
    speak, chant, or declaim in a singsong
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    type of:
    cantillate, chant, intonate, intone
    recite with musical intonation; recite as a chant or a psalm
  5. verb
    move as if accompanied by a singsong
    “The porters singsonged the travellers' luggage up the mountain”
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    type of:
    displace, move
    cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense
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