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lilt

[lilt] /lɪlt/
noun
1.
rhythmic swing or cadence.
2.
a lilting song or tune.
verb (used without object), verb (used with object)
3.
to sing or play in a light, tripping, or rhythmic manner.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English lulte; perhaps akin to Dutch lul pipe, lullen to lull
Related forms
liltingly, adverb
liltingness, noun
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  • The lilting verse captures the cadence of the rolling cars.
British Dictionary definitions for lilting

lilt

/lɪlt/
noun
1.
(in music) a jaunty rhythm
2.
a buoyant motion
verb (intransitive)
3.
(of a melody) to have a lilt
4.
to move in a buoyant manner
Derived Forms
lilting, adjective
Word Origin
C14 lulten, origin obscure
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Word Origin and History for lilting

lilt

v.

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.

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