lilting


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lilt

 (lĭlt)
n.
1. A cheerful or lively manner of speaking, in which the pitch of the voice varies pleasantly.
2. A light, happy tune or song.
3. A light or resilient manner of moving or walking.
v. lilt·ed, lilt·ing, lilts
v.tr.
To say, sing, or play (something) in a cheerful, rhythmic manner.
v.intr.
To speak, sing, or play with liveliness or rhythm.

[From Middle English lulten, lilten, to sound an alarm.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.lilting - characterized by a buoyant rhythmlilting - characterized by a buoyant rhythm; "an easy lilting stride"; "the flute broke into a light lilting air"; "a swinging pace"; "a graceful swingy walk"; "a tripping singing measure"
rhythmic, rhythmical - recurring with measured regularity; "the rhythmic chiming of church bells"- John Galsworthy; "rhythmical prose"
Translations

lilting

[ˈlɪltɪŋ] ADJ [voice] → cantarín

lilting

[ˈlɪltɪŋ] adj [voice, accent] → chantant(e)

lilting

adj accentsingend; ballad, tune, melodybeschwingt, munter

lilting

[ˈlɪltɪŋ] adjmelodioso/a
References in classic literature ?
A merry rollicking whistle was lilting up the lane.
He took it from her, murmured a few words of thanks, and then fled, with the lilting step of the clerk.
She then turned her attention to seeking out objects of amusement for herself, and tripped merrily on, lilting a tune to supply the lack of conversation.
It's no surprise that Hong's debut feature, Lilting (2014), shares this sharpness, since the line between it and Summer is thematically easy to draw in spite of the length of time between the two.
Whishaw hits the big screen this month in Lilting, playing a gay man mourning the death of his boyfriend.
The actress, whose beauty and lilting soprano brightened MGM musicals of the 1940s and 1950s including Anchors Aweigh, Show Boat, The Desert Song and Kiss Me Kate, died of natural causes at her Los Angeles home, said the actress's long-time companion and secretary Sally Sherman.
There's nary a grinding guitar or booming acoustic drumbeat in the mix, and George's voice is a crystalline thing, so if you're in the mood for lilting keyboards and pop prettiness, The Bird and the Bee comes up smelling like roses.
Whether it was Jenn Butterworth's lilting vocals, sexy Mairearad Green's outstanding accordion and pipe playing, or Massie's chicken-pickin' guitar playing.
The lilting interludes at the beginning and end of each CD are mostly gentle guitar riffs, with a final jangling discord--not happily-ever-after music.
With a lilting Welsh accent and an eagerness to please that would put a puppy to shame, he had the audience eating out of his hand, even stopping his show halfway through to check that everyone was enjoying themselves.
Assuming another of Morris' roles, McDonald's lilting rendition of Three Preludes was in turn frisky, melancholy, playful.