- rhythmic swing or cadence.
- a lilting song or tune.
- to sing or play in a light, tripping, or rhythmic manner.
Origin of lilt
Examples from the Web for lilting
“My dad freaked out when the tabloid reporter turned up,” Cumming says, in his lilting Scottish brogue.Alan Cumming: The Truth About My Father
October 14, 2014
With his sandy blonde hair, blue eyes, and lilting Irish tones, Mosse clearly stuck out as a foreigner in the Congo region.Seeing War Vividly: Richard Mosse Stars at the Venice Biennale
June 3, 2013
Sister Simone speaks with a gentle, lilting voice, but her words are pointed and direct.Nuns vs. Romney: The Sisters Hit the Battleground State of Ohio
June 28, 2012
“We always have fun,” she confided in her lilting Slovenian purr.Obama Roasts Trump
May 1, 2011
So they tried, with Richard lifting the child lightly to the lilting tune.Mistress Anne
His eyes brimmed with a lilting excitement and a vast anticipation.Double Challenge
James Arthur Kjelgaard
But with my lilting love-song I won him, he-siren that I am.Ladies and Gentlemen
Irvin S. (Irvin Shrewsbury) Cobb
It was answered by a lilting shout as men sprang to their feet.The Golden Amazons of Venus
John Murray Reynolds
How few of the present generation have ever heard of this "lilting," except in song.
- (in music) a jaunty rhythm
- a buoyant motion
- (of a melody) to have a lilt
- to move in a buoyant manner
Word Origin and History for lilting
1510s, "to lift up" (the voice), probably from late 14c. West Midlands dialect lulten "to sound an alarm," of unknown origin. Possible relatives include Norwegian lilla "to sing" and Low German lul "pipe." It is possible that the whole loose group is imitative. Sense of "sing in a light manner" is first recorded 1786. Related: Lilted; lilting. As a noun, 1728, "lilting song," from the verb. As "rhythmical cadence," 1840.