lilt

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

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

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lilt
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
1786.
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The lilting verse captures the cadence of the rolling cars.
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