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lilt

[ lilt ]
/ lɪlt /
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noun
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 lilt

lilt·ing·ly, adverblilt·ing·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for lilt

lilt
/ (lɪlt) /

noun
(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 of lilt

lilting, adjective

Word Origin for lilt

C14 lulten, origin obscure
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