[ lilt ]
/ lɪlt /
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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.
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Origin of lilt
First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English verb lilte, lulte “to sound an alarm; lift up (one's voice)”; perhaps akin to Dutch, Low German lul “pipe,” lullen “to lull,” Norwegian lilla “to sing,” of imitative origin
OTHER WORDS FROM liltlilt·ing·ly, adverblilt·ing·ness, noun
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How to use lilt in a sentence
Eine Kleine Nachtmusik lilted joyously about him as he found a chair and sat down.Security|Poul William Anderson
A kestrel patrolled the fields for breakfast, and a hare lilted back to her form.
He sat up with alert ears, and lilted suspiciously to a distance.
The bees crooned about, now and then a bird lilted in the 260 gladness of his heart.In Wild Rose Time|Amanda M. Douglas
The quotation, lilted inanely as a nursery rime, pierced her heart like a flight of silver arrows.Walking Shadows|Alfred Noyes
British Dictionary definitions for lilt
/ (lɪlt) /
(in music) a jaunty rhythm
a buoyant motion
(of a melody) to have a lilt
to move in a buoyant manner
Derived forms of liltlilting, adjective
Word Origin for lilt
C14 lulten, origin obscure
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