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lilt

play
noun \ˈlilt\

Definition of lilt

  1. 1 :  a spirited and usually cheerful song or tune

  2. 2 :  a rhythmical swing, flow, or cadence

  3. 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

Circa 1680

First Known Use of lilt

circa 1680


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lilt

verb

Definition of lilt

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to sing or play in a lively cheerful manner

  3. intransitive verb
  4. 1 :  to sing or speak rhythmically and with fluctuating pitch

  5. 2 :  to move in a lively springy manner

Origin and Etymology of lilt

Middle English lulten to sound an alarm


First Known Use: 1722


LILT Defined for English Language Learners

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lilt

play
noun \ˈlilt\

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

play
verb \ˈlilt\

Definition of lilt for Students

lilted

lilting

  1. :  to sing or play in a lively cheerful manner


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