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Singsong  v. i.  To write poor poetry. (R.)

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"Singsong" Quotes from Famous Books

... the deck the singsong of men heaving up the anchor. When the serang stepped on board the greater part of the crew of the Good Intent were forward. Little time was spent in haggling. A melon was thrown up as a sample, and the price asked was so ...
— In Clive's Command - A Story of the Fight for India • Herbert Strang

... day's work on his mind and he spoke rapidly, with a patent show of getting his exhortation done in time to fall into step with Jerry, appearing, at the moment, axe in hand. He picked up his dinner pail. "Do you reject Him?" he repeated, in his former singsong. "Do you reject ...
— Old Crow • Alice Brown

... strength that nearly forced an exclamation out of King, he lifted the great water bowl in both hands and emptied the whole contents over himself. Then be resumed his smelly garments without troubling to dry his body, and got out a Quran from a corner and began to read it in a nasal singsong that would have kept dead men awake. King lay and watched ...
— King—of the Khyber Rifles • Talbot Mundy

... 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 ...
— The Hawaiian Romance Of Laieikawai • Anonymous

... strange freak of fate a miracle had saved him, but when he realized the ease with which the girl had, single-handed, beaten off twenty gorilla-like males, and an instant later, as he saw them again take up their dance about him while she addressed them in a singsong monotone, which bore every evidence of rote, he came to the conclusion that it was all but a part of the ceremony of which ...
— The Return of Tarzan • Edgar Rice Burroughs

... vacant-minded, but rather as a trained woman, starved for companionship and wanting something of the beauty and ease of life. She sat dreaming of it here with rows of dark faces before her, and the singsong wail of a little black reader with his head aslant and his ...
— The Quest of the Silver Fleece - A Novel • W. E. B. Du Bois

... a high singsong, "is Marie Le Clair. She is a nurse, on her way to the hospital at Carrefonds. And this is Jacques ...
— The Firefly Of France • Marion Polk Angellotti

... out her hand and soothed the bird gently as before. "Having slain, therefore, my predecessor in the high godship," she suggested, in the same singsong ...
— The Great Taboo • Grant Allen

... a marked 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, ...
— McGuffey's Sixth Eclectic Reader • William Holmes McGuffey

... voice didn't mean anything, no more than the seas on the ledge away down there. I went to work to count the canes in the seat again, but all my eyes were in the top of my head. It got so I couldn't stand it. We were at the Lord's prayer, saying it singsong together, when I had to look up again. And there her two eyes were, between the spindles, hunting mine. Just then all of us were saying, "Forgive us our trespasses—" I thought ...
— Famous Modern Ghost Stories • Various

... poetry recited here to-day," he drawled, "put some verses in my mind that I never had till I came here to-day." Everyone present cheered wildly, and he began in a singsong voice: ...
— Beautiful Joe - An Autobiography of a Dog • by Marshall Saunders

Words linked to "Singsong" :   pitch contour, intoned, singing, chantlike, singalong, intone, rhythmic, move, chant, intonate

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