- a sequence of repetitive, rapid, vibratory movements produced in any free articulator or membrane by a rush of air expelled from the lungs and often causing a corresponding sequence of contacts between the vibrating articulator and another organ or surface.
- a speech sound produced by such a trill.
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What else does trill mean?
Where does trill come from?
The slang trill is unrelated, blending the words true and real. Being trill means being authentic and working hard for your aspirations. In hip-hop culture, being trill is a testament that one is tough and can bounce back—and never forgetting one’s humble roots with success, wealth, and fame.
The hip-hop duo UGK was one of the first to use the slang trill on their 1992 EP The Southern Way. On his 2005 track “Trill,” rapper Paul Wall gave us a straight-up definition:
Trill is when you never fake, trill is when you real
Chasin’ after dollar bills, gotta get it how you live
Trill is when you hustle so you go out there and get it
Doin’ whatever you gotta do to make a meal ticket
Trill has also notably been used by larger-than-life rappers from Master P to Lil Wayne to ASAP Rocky. It’s even hit its full street reach as the name of popular streetwear brand, Been Trill.
In the 2000s, trill further expanded in slang as a nickname for the hood, where things are real.
How is trill used in real life?
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How to use trill in a sentence
The high trill of ice tinkling and falling from Fraser firs serenaded me as I tramped my boots along the soggy forest floor.
A symphony of mobile phone notifications trilled across Hong Kong on Saturday as residents received text messages reminding them to vote in the legislative election.Most Hong Kongers Stay Home for First Election After Beijing's New Rules|Amy Gunia|December 20, 2021|Time
Part of the song is a trill and part of it is more of an oo sound, though the particulars can vary.
I speak to him in Korean, and I interpret his trills as Korean responses.
The collection included t-shirts featuring street wear brand Been Trill, jeans, and hoodies.A.P.C. Releases Kanye West Collection; Max Azria Faces Insurmountable Debt|The Fashion Beast Team|July 15, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Even assuming full extension of Bush tax cuts, which add their own $5 trillion or so to the deficit, Romney adds another $3 trill.
If it passed the inspection, he would nod contentedly, trill out a gay refrain, and replace it on the easel for further study.The Woman Gives|Owen Johnson
A trill, or rapid reiteration of two notes comprehending an interval not greater than one whole tone, nor less than a semitone.
Then from somewhere above him came such a trill of demoniacal laughter as chilled his blood.The Daffodil Mystery|Edgar Wallace
My comrade sings in such a way that I am sure the nightingales outside will cease to trill from pure envy.The Court Jester|Cornelia Baker
Some singers have this gift; Mme. Melba is one who never had to study a trill, for she was born with a nightingale in her throat.Piano Mastery|Harriette Brower
British Dictionary definitions for trill (1 of 2)
- the articulation of an (r) sound produced by holding the tip of the tongue close to the alveolar ridge, allowing the tongue to make a succession of taps against the ridge
- the production of a similar effect using the uvula against the back of the tongue