- 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 liltingly
Historical Examples of liltingly
I have never heard a song that began so liltingly end with such a quick, abrupt emphasis.Fresh Fields
- (in music) a jaunty rhythm
- a buoyant motion
- (of a melody) to have a lilt
- to move in a buoyant manner
Word Origin for lilt
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.