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

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 Sheroky also devised the underlying acoustic guitar part, a lilting, rhythmic thread with a faint Jack Johnson vibe that includes an almost-jazzy ninth chord, a rarity in country. Tom Roland, Billboard, 7 June 2022 Should the first name be a short, to-the-point name, or should the moniker be long and lilting? Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, 25 May 2022 Imagining the lilting sound of Yiddish echoing through the Argentine plains and countryside can seem like a dream. Diane Cole, WSJ, 6 Mar. 2022 Their dialogues get a lilting, inflected life in the actors’ performances—in Seydoux’s flinty calm and in Podalydès’s wry drive and plaintive wit. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 3 Mar. 2022 The lilting Latin songs keep her in touch with Puerto Rico, the home of her birth. Vincent T. Davis, San Antonio Express-News, 13 Dec. 2021 Piedmont makes haunting red wines from the Nebbiolo grape, a variety that somehow can produce both thick tannins and a lilting sense of weightlessness at the same time. Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, 8 Dec. 2021 The melody starts with a lighthearted effervescence and shifts into a more brooding passage before bouncing back to a lilting sense of resigned surrender. Washington Post, 27 Nov. 2021 The violin started the Andante con moto with a children’s-march-like melody that reappeared in four variations for various soloists before the movement ended with a lilting 6/8 Allegretto coda., 8 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of lilting

1800, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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21 Jun 2022

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“Lilting.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jun. 2022.

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