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 liltingly (audio) \ adverb
liltingness noun

Examples of lilting in a Sentence

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And yet there is a decidedly pointed message simpering beneath the song’s lilting harmonies. Vogue, "Meet the “Sugar Mummy” Singer Who’s Shaking Up the Nigerian Music Scene," 3 May 2019 No crowds, a few plastic chairs, and a gently lilting surface that is basically a giant ashtray. Carrie Battan, GQ, "How Do You Explain Zayn?," 18 June 2018 While the songs on 44/876 -- the title is a combo of the country codes for Sting’s native England and Shaggy’s Jamaica -- are musically lilting, behind the upbeat island rhythms and seemingly feel-good lyrics are often deeper meanings. Melinda Newman, Billboard, "Sting & Shaggy on Their New Island-Inspired Album: 'The Way We Made It Was Joyful'," 2 Feb. 2018 Where: Cutter Avenue at Summer Street in front of Winter Hill Bank, noon-2 p.m. PUMPKIN BREAD This young folk quintet made a splash with original fiddle tunes and lilting songs at Boston Celtic Music Festival in January. Zoë Madonna,, "Too many choices at PorchFest? Let’s walk you through it.," 9 May 2018 Yee speaks in a lilting manner, letting her thoughts spill forth freely, stream-of-consciousness style. Monica Kim, Vogue, "Finding a New Home in Tokyo, Antwerp Six Designer Marina Yee Is Ready for Recognition," 19 Oct. 2018 As key phrases arise, Ms. Magic will begin strumming and humming, weaving those lines of dialogue into a lilting melody. Alex Williams, New York Times, "Tech Elites Recreate Burning Man Inside Their Living Rooms," 29 June 2018 With a snapping beat and lilting synths, the uplifting future bass track is an expressive high point of Tear, and was inspired by stories fans have told the group. Tamar Herman, Billboard, "BTS Releases Expressive 'Love Yourself: Tear' Album: Listen," 18 May 2018 Known for his dry, friendly style of comedy and his lilting voice, Funches has been involved in stand-up for nearly 15 years. Nick Vadala,, "Comedian Ron Funches just lost 140 pounds. He's still going to eat a cheesesteak when he's in Philly," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of lilting

1800, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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