rhythmic swing or cadence.
a lilting song or tune.
verb (used without object), verb (used with object)
to sing or play in a light, tripping, or rhythmic manner.

1300–50; Middle English lulte; perhaps akin to Dutch lul pipe, lullen to lull

liltingly, adverb
liltingness, noun Unabridged
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lilt (lɪlt)
1.  (in music) a jaunty rhythm
2.  a buoyant motion
3.  (of a melody) to have a lilt
4.  to move in a buoyant manner
[C14 lulten, origin obscure]

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Word Origin & History

1510s, "to lift up" (the voice), probably from late 14c. W. Midlands dial. lulten "to sound an alarm," of unknown origin. Possible relatives include Norw. lilla "to sing" and Low Ger. lul "pipe." It is possible that the whole loose group is imitative. Sense of "sing in a light manner" is first recorded
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Example sentences
There is no lilt in the tone of these seven syllables, but a drop in register, a recitation born of resignation.
There was a kind of spring and lilt to it, quite indescribable by words.
The right length and lilt of a sentence will let your reader take your meaning from it, and take it with pleasure.
Yet they have more lilt and frolic in them than if they had been written last year.
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