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.]
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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"
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Translations

lilting

[ˈlɪltɪŋ] ADJ [voice] → cantarín
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005

lilting

[ˈlɪltɪŋ] adj [voice, accent] → chantant(e)
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

lilting

adj accentsingend; ballad, tune, melodybeschwingt, munter
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007

lilting

[ˈlɪltɪŋ] adjmelodioso/a
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995
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.
The band, who are set to perform on tonight's Late Late Show, has developed a sound incorporating vocal lilting, beat-boxing, Irish traditional music, hip hop dance grooves, world music rhythms and harmonies.
The movements are "Moderato," "Lilting style," "Cantabile," "Andante," and "Fanfare and March." The first movement is the most substantial, with a couple of interesting thematic ideas, and a few harmonic twists (as advertised).
There is lots of linear foliage, mainly from Hakonechloa macra - a soft lilting Japanese grass.
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.
Barriers of age and culture, sexuality and shame are overcome with delicacy and grace in "Lilting," a quietly resonant chamber piece about the bond that develops between a Chinese-Cambodian mother and the young British lad who was the "best friend" of her late son.
Part of the golden era of Bollywood, when Mohammed Rafi and Kishore Kumar reigned supreme, Dey carved a niche for himself with his lilting, husky voice.
Narrated by lilting versed descriptions of daily wolf cub activities, "Wolf Babies!" is ideal natural educational material for young children, with a clear bent towards conservationism.
I put mine out listening to their Come On, Die Young album many moons ago, leaping up from the sofa to turn the stereo down just as one particular lilting passage morphed into a teeth-curdled squall of industrial feedback.
The clue is in the title: Each track features simply Eva's voice and guitar, and while 11 of the 12 have been released on other records, it is a joy to listen to her lilting, melodic vocals on stripped-down classics such as Kathy's Song, Time After Time, and - of course - Over The Rainbow.