“I would expect that,” he says in a soft tenor voice, with the hint of a Southern lilt.
As Morris shares his side of the story, his voice whispers across the phone line, a gentle Southern lilt kissing every syllable.
“I was starting a new collection and feeling a little depressed,” the 45-year-old says with her strong Gallic 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.