Imagine a dentist telling a small child to "open wide." He might "sing" it rather than say it, maybe by drawing out "wide" into two syllables, the first having a higher pitch than the second. You probably know what I mean. Is there a good, single verb for this? I could just write "'Open wide,' he sang", but it's not ideal.


Lilting. "Open wide" he said, in a lilting voice.

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intone - to utter in a singing voice; to utter something in singing tones or in monotone

"Open wide," he intoned.


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  • Please quote the relevant definition and mention the source dictionary by name. – NVZ Dec 4 '17 at 8:34
  • @NVZ - Isn't the link to the source definition adequate? – Lee Leon Dec 4 '17 at 8:40
  • No, that's not enough. See also: How to reference material written by others – NVZ Dec 4 '17 at 8:41
  • The linked dictionary page may list a million definitions for a word. Also the link might get broken sometime later. If we quote the relevant definition here, it will save us from these issues. :) – NVZ Dec 4 '17 at 8:46
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    I do not completely understand why, in the definition, it gives both 'in singing tones' and 'in monotone', because to my mind they are different and, in fact, contradictory - nonetheless, that is the definition. I also thought of lilted, but that sounded completely wrong to me. – Lee Leon Dec 4 '17 at 12:04

"Open wide" he crooned. or ... "Open wide" he soloed.

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Sing songy voices would be monotone and dull.

I didn't know if you knew that, but, now you do.

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  • Hm. I did not. Changed to "singing" – Tyler Dec 4 '17 at 5:14
  • okay, I don't really know how to answer your question without shoving my novel down your throat. :{ – CHRISTMAS STARTS ON NOVEMBER 1 Dec 4 '17 at 5:15

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