lilt

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v lilt articulate in a very careful and rhythmic way
    • n lilt a jaunty rhythm in music
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Lilt A lively song or dance; a cheerful tune. "The housewife went about her work, or spun at her wheel, with a lilt upon her lips."
    • Lilt Animated, brisk motion; spirited rhythm; sprightliness. "The movement, the lilt , and the subtle charm of the verse."
    • Lilt To do anything with animation and quickness, as to skip, fly, or hop.
    • Lilt To sing cheerfully.
    • v. t Lilt To utter with spirit, animation, or gayety; to sing with spirit and liveliness. "A classic lecture, rich in sentiment,
      With scraps of thundrous epic lilted out
      By violet-hooded doctors."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • lilt To sound.
    • lilt To sing or play in snatches, and with easy, tripping grace, as a song or a tune; utter or pour forth with sprightliness, animation, or gaiety.
    • lilt To sing or play a tune in a sprightly, tripping manner; utter musical sounds flowingly and cheerfully.
    • lilt To do anything with dexterity or quickness; spring; hop.
    • n lilt A snatch of a cheerful, lively song; a short, smooth-flowing, tripping air or tune.
    • n lilt Hence Cadence; rhythmic swing or flow.
    • lilt To sway up and down, as a bird on a spray.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Lilt lilt to do anything cleverly or quickly, as to hop about: to sing, dance, or play merrily
    • v.t Lilt to sing a song easily or gaily
    • n Lilt a cheerful song or air
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. Norw. lilla, lirla, to sing in a high tone

Usage

In literature:

And she played soft Spanish love-songs, singing in her pretty lilting voice.
"Eve to the Rescue" by Ethel Hueston
The trees were a-lilt with birds, and the sound of waters set all the winds a-singing.
"A Brother To Dragons and Other Old-time Tales" by Amelie Rives
It has the lilt of music, the chime of tune, the immemorial loveliness of song.
"Penguin Persons & Peppermints" by Walter Prichard Eaton
He listened constantly for the footsteps of the absent boys, but for a long time there was no break in the lilt of the forest.
"Boy Scouts in the Canal Zone" by G. Harvey Ralphson
My heart lilted as I crossed the heath to where the others were waiting for me beyond the dip of the hillock.
"A Daughter of Raasay" by William MacLeod Raine
His early lilting poems were without significance or individuality.
"Modern British Poetry" by Various
PRETTY PEGGY O, metre as below, 6: A fine lilting lyric of the Captain's love for his lass; his farewell; and his death.
"A Syllabus of Kentucky Folk-Songs" by Hubert G. Shearin
You feel the swing of music and love to move your body to the strains of a lilting melody.
"The Art of Stage Dancing" by Ned Wayburn
How many French mothers have sung the merry little lilt, I wonder?
"Rosin the Beau" by Laura Elizabeth Howe Richards
The Levellers have their poet, and he made them a song with a fine lilt.
"Highways and Byways in Surrey" by Eric Parker
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In poetry:

The breath of dawn descends the hills,
And round me, as I greet the day,
I hear the lilt of laughing rills
And songs of fountains at their play.
"In My Pergola" by John Lawson Stoddard
In Tír-na'n-Og,
In Tír-na'n-Og,
The blackbird lilts; the robin chirps; the linnet wearies never,
They pipe to dancing feet of Sidhe and thus shall pipe for ever.
"In Tír-Na N-Og" by Anna Johnston MacManus
All the world over, nursing their scars,
Sit the old fighting-men broke in the wars—
Sit the old fighting-men, surly and grim
Mocking the lilt of the conquerors' hymn.
"Old Fighting-Men" by Rudyard Kipling
Within my heart a little sorrow crept
And wept, and wept.
Below the lilt of happiest melodies
I heard his sighs,
And cried--'You little alien in my heart,
Depart! Depart!'
"The Little Sorrow" by Mary Webb
And aye, by light o' sun or moon,
By banks o' Ayr, or Bonnie Doon,
The waters lilt nae tender tune
But sweeter seems
Because they poured their limpid rune
Through a' thy dreams.
"To Robert Burns" by James Whitcomb Riley
O East-wind gives mournful measure to song
Like the lilt of a lovelorn lass who's been wronged
In every grass fold
bright dewdrop takes hold
and promptly pales to frost in the cold!
"Winter's Night" by Eugene Marais

In news:

Alec Nesbitt's miniature models brought lilt to king's speech.
If the rich lilt of the marimba lifts your spirits, you can consider a trip up to the Syracuse University hill from 11 am to 1 pm Tuesday, Oct 13.
"'ARMZ' started out as a breezy, lilting acoustic guitar song that I felt invoked a bit of CSN-era Stephen Stills," Wilco's Mikael Jorgenson explains.
"Why, all of them," he replies softly in a sandpapery Southern lilt.
Brazilian singer/guitarist Gilberto Gil may be 70, but he is not content on tour to simply recreate his lilting, tuneful hits.
"It's not a big invention," said Carminantonio Iannaccone in a lilting Italian accent.
Mere humans aren't supposed to have singing voices as heavenly and lilting as Jimmie Dale Gilmore's.
Celtic Thunder will bring lilting Irish music and greatest hits to the Budweiser Events Center on Tuesday, Nov 20.
Sarah Darling's version of the Beatles' ' Blackbird ' finds the young singer at her lilting best.
Celtic Thunder will bring lilting Irish music and greatest hits to the Budweiser Events Center on Tuesday, Nov 20.
Bright, lilting rock from Vetiver.
Vantiv Acquires Privately Held Lilte For $361 Mln.
Emily from the Crew graces us with lilting melodies on the "piano".
Chatham Baroque invites you to imagine old America - a continent in which raucous and lilting music lived side-by-side.
"Feels Like the Rebels " has a reggae lilt, and " Rebel Revolution," a reggae track with Corey Harris on vocals and guitar, "is not a brass band playing a reggae song.
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