- to sing or play with a vibratory or quavering effect.
- Phonetics. to produce (a sound) with a trill.
- (of birds, insects, etc.) to sing or utter in a succession of rapidly alternating sounds.
- to resound vibrantly, or with a rapid succession of sounds, as the voice, song, or laughter.
- to utter or make a sound or succession of sounds resembling such singing, as a bird, frog, grasshopper, or person laughing.
- to execute a shake or trill with the voice or on a musical instrument.
- Phonetics. to execute a trill, especially with the tongue, as while singing, talking, or whistling.
- the act or sound of trilling.
- Music. a rapid alternation of two adjacent tones; a shake.
- a similar sound, or succession of sounds, uttered or made by a bird, an insect, a person laughing, etc.
- 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.
Origin of trill1
- to flow in a thin stream; trickle.
- to cause to flow in a thin stream.
Origin of trill2
Examples from the Web for trilled
Historical Examples of trilled
If she had been a singing-bird she would have trilled to the piano; but she had not a note of music.Love and Lucy
Maurice Henry Hewlett
I stood there dizzy, watching it die while Tweel trilled and whistled.A Martian Odyssey
Stanley Grauman Weinbaum
It trilled with a silvery sweetness and was repeated over and over again.Blackbeard: Buccaneer
Ralph D. Paine
"But we filled his bottle with luck," trilled the silvery lady upstairs.The King of Alsander
James Elroy Flecker
She trilled like a thrush, or a linnet, or any bird that goes in largely for trilling.Indiscretions of Archie
P. G. Wodehouse
- music a melodic ornament consisting of a rapid alternation between a principal note and the note a whole tone or semitone above itUsual symbol: (written above a note) tr., tr
- a shrill warbling sound, esp as made by some birds
- 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
- to sound, sing, or play (a trill or with a trill)
- (tr) to pronounce (an (r) sound) by the production of a trill
Word Origin for trill
- an archaic or poetic word for trickle
Word Origin for trill
1640s, from Italian trillio, triglio "a quavering or warbling in singing," probably of imitative origin. The verb is 1660s, from Italian trillare "to quaver, trill." Related: Trilled; trilling.