[ 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.
Words nearby lilt
Origin of lilt
1300–50; Middle English lulte; perhaps akin to Dutch lul pipe, lullen to lull
OTHER WORDS FROM liltlilt·ing·ly, adverblilt·ing·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for liltingly
I have never heard a song that began so liltingly end with such a quick, abrupt emphasis.Fresh Fields|John Burroughs
British Dictionary definitions for liltingly
/ (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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