lilt·​ing | \ ˈlil-tiŋ How to pronounce lilting (audio) \

Definition of lilting

1 : characterized by a rhythmical swing or cadence a lilting stride
2 : cheerful, buoyant a lilting comedy

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Other Words from lilting

liltingly \ ˈlil-​tiŋ-​lē How to pronounce lilting (audio) \ adverb
liltingness noun

Examples of lilting in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Their voices were a tangle of languages: Paramount and Kasan and Treckish and even the lilting Rhashiran tongue. Ew Staff,, "First look: Realm Breaker is your next YA fantasy obsession," 1 Dec. 2020 For their Amador County Shake Ridge Reserve Zinfandel, the Hatchers use Hungarian oak, resulting in a spin on the varietal that is downright European in its elegance, lilting finish and absence of intrusive wood. Mike Dunne,, "Hatcher Winery, downtown Murphys’ wine hideaway," 21 Jan. 2020 When watching a girl complaining about her Olive Garden job in a lilting, electronic pitch, my mind—to my own shock—went to the Jewish rites of sing-speaking the Torah. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "A Return to the Original Purpose of Music," 9 Apr. 2020 The second movement, a lilting Allegretto, was delicately outlined with nice attention to balances, while the third movement, an Adagio religioso, was sensitively played. cleveland, "Cleveland Orchestra and Chorus shine in unusual musical pairing," 9 Mar. 2020 Mantel speaks in precise paragraphs in a distinctive, lilting soprano register. Dan Stewart, Time, "Hilary Mantel on Bringing Thomas Cromwell to 21st-Century Readers One Last Time," 6 Mar. 2020 In a lilting Irish piece, the students played the same melody over and over, faster and faster, with flying fingers and bows. Mary Jane Brewer, cleveland, "Fiddle Fest features fast fingers and bows at Medina County library," 17 Feb. 2020 Consort Artistic Director Dana Marsh leaned into the aria’s lilting dance rhythms, conducting his orchestra for maximum buoyancy and grace. Joe Banno, Washington Post, "One aria sums up a joyful Washington Bach Consort ‘Christmas Oratorio’," 23 Dec. 2019 With a cherubic smile and a lilting accent, Ségolène flits about, pouring wine, clearing plates and occasionally decoding Jean-Christophe’s offerings for guests whose menu French is a little lackluster. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "Looking for a traditional French restaurant in metro Phoenix? Try this Scottsdale bistro," 30 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of lilting

1800, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of lilting was in 1800

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“Lilting.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2021.

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