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Definition of "lilting" []

  • (in music) a jaunty rhythm (noun)
  • A buoyant motion (noun)
  • (of a melody) to have a lilt (verb)
  • To move in a buoyant manner (verb)
  • Having a lilt; with energy, spirit and sprightliness; lively and cheerful. (adjective)

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  • Type of lively singing without any musical accompaniment, where the tune itself is sung. (noun)
  • Present participle of lilt. (verb)

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Use "lilting" in a sentence
  • "We happen into a traditional jam session with the legendary Mary Bergin on tin whistle (the instrument some hold responsible for making the Titanic sound track the bestselling of all time), Johnny "Ringo" McDonagh on Bodhran drum (he was a solo in Riverdance for four years and one of the groundbreakers in the musical vocabulary of the instrument) and Steve Sweeney lilting, which is a kind of mouth music along the lines of a Gaelic Bobby McFerrin."
  • "She laughed, softly and with a kind of lilting warmth."
  • "I try not to overuse the word "lilting" when describing a band's music; it's one of those adjectives that really has to be earned by a certain sweet, heartfelt buoyancy in the way a song is performed."