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

Recent Examples on the Web 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 Over spare, specific percussion, Rosalía’s voice rings out with lilting, sing-song precision; Balvin provides a balancing, stable counterpoint. Andrew R. Chow, Time, "The 10 Best Songs of 2019," 28 Nov. 2019 The strings, meanwhile, turned in a remarkably lithe, lilting performance, and the brass helped turn several scenes from mere high points into all-out showstoppers. Zachary Lewis, cleveland, "Cleveland Orchestra closes fall classical season in bright, shining fashion," 6 Dec. 2019 Instead, the movie’s focus is firmly on Bergoglio, whom Pryce plays with a lilting Argentinian accent and unassuming charm. David Sims, The Atlantic, "A Breezy Buddy Comedy About the Modern Papacy," 29 Nov. 2019 Words tumbled, with a lilting, hard-to-place accent. Sam Kestenbaum, New York Times, "Till Seth Do Us Part," 29 Oct. 2019 But Simonetti also wrote lovely, pretty lilting themes, which — when set up in contrast to the lurching and thrumming of the other sections — only added to the sense of tension and drama in the scores. John Adamian,, "Our picks for seven of this week’s can’t-miss concerts in Connecticut," 16 Sep. 2019 Canyon wrens provided a lilting serenade, and butterflies wobbled out from the banks to greet us. Roger Naylor, azcentral, "Now you can kayak Arizona's famous Horseshoe Bend. Here's how.," 5 Sep. 2019 Jennifer’s family, friends, and above all her children are living in limbo—missing her embrace, her lilting laugh, her bedtime backrubs, her gentle strength., "Friends, family of missing New Canaan mother Jennifer Farber Dulos grateful for ‘steady stream of love’ as search continues," 12 June 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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8 Jan 2020

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“Lilting.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 17 January 2020.

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