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lilt

noun \ ˈlilt \

Definition of lilt

1 :a spirited and usually cheerful song or tune
2 :a rhythmical swing, flow, or cadence
3 :a springy buoyant movement

Examples of lilt in a Sentence

  1. There was a charming lilt to her voice.

  2. a tune with a lilt

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First Known Use of lilt

circa 1680


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lilt

verb

Definition of lilt

transitive verb
:to sing or play in a lively cheerful manner
intransitive verb
1 :to sing or speak rhythmically and with fluctuating pitch
2 :to move in a lively springy manner

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Origin and Etymology of lilt

Middle English lulten to sound an alarm


LILT Defined for English Language Learners

lilt

noun

Definition of lilt for English Language Learners

  • : the attractive quality of speech or music that rises and falls in a pleasing pattern


LILT Defined for Kids

lilt

verb \ ˈlilt \

Definition of lilt for Students

lilted; lilting
:to sing or play in a lively cheerful manner


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