[ lilt ]
/ lɪlt /


rhythmic swing or cadence.
a lilting song or tune.

verb (used with or without object)

to sing or play in a light, tripping, or rhythmic manner.

Origin of lilt

1300–50; Middle English lulte; perhaps akin to Dutch lul pipe, lullen to lull

Related forms

lilt·ing·ly, adverblilt·ing·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for lilt


/ (lɪlt) /


(in music) a jaunty rhythm
a buoyant motion

verb (intr)

(of a melody) to have a lilt
to move in a buoyant manner

Derived Forms

lilting, adjective

Word Origin for lilt

C14 lulten, origin obscure
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