A form of dramatic declamation between singing and speaking, in which the speaker uses lilt and rhythm but not precise pitches.
A form of vocal performance partly like speech and partly like song.
Webster's New World
Origin of Sprechstimme
German sprechen to speak (from Middle High German sprēchen) (from Old High German sprehhan) Stimme voice (from Middle High German stimme) (from Old High German stimma)
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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