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Definition of "lilt" []

  • A cheerful or lively manner of speaking, in which the pitch of the voice varies pleasantly. (noun)
  • A light, happy tune or song. (noun)
  • A light or resilient manner of moving or walking. (noun)
  • To say, sing, or play (something) in a cheerful, rhythmic manner. (verb-transitive)
  • To speak, sing, or play with liveliness or rhythm. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "lilt" in a sentence
  • "Carl and Faith were already on their way through the early moonlight to Rainbow Valley, having heard therefrom the elfin lilt of Jerry's jew's-harp and having guessed that the Blythes were there and fun afoot."
  • "One thing was, one of the other guitar players, Chad, started playing this lick against the line that Vic had, and it was - it was almost perverse because it had this kind of lilt to it."
  • "Not that hearing her voice isn't always a melody for me, but there was a far more pronounced "lilt" in her greeting."