lilt definition

  • noun:
    • A cheerful or lively method of speaking, where pitch of sound differs pleasantly.
    • A light, happy tune or song.
    • A light or resilient manner of moving or walking.
    • Animated, quick movement; spirited rhythm; sprightliness.
    • A lively tune or party; a cheerful track.
    • A cheerful or melodious accent when talking.
    • Animated, quick movement; spirited rhythm; sprightliness.
    • A lively track or party; a cheerful track.
    • Hence Cadence; rhythmic move or flow.
    • a jaunty rhythm in music
  • verb-transitive:
    • to state, sing, or play (anything) in a cheerful, rhythmic fashion.
    • To utter with character, animation, or gayety; to sing with nature and liveliness.
  • verb-intransitive:
    • To speak, sing, or fool around with liveliness or rhythm.
    • To move with lightness and buoyancy.
    • to complete everything with animation and quickness, on skip, travel, or hop.
    • To sing cheerfully.
  • verb:
    • to complete something rhythmically, with animation and quickness, often of music.
    • To sing joyfully, especially in Gaelic.
    • To utter with nature, cartoon, or gaiety; to sing with nature and liveliness.
    • articulate in a very cautious and rhythmic method
  • others:
    • To seem.
    • To sing or play in snatches, sufficient reason for effortless, tripping grace, as a song or a tune; utter or put forth with sprightliness, cartoon, or gaiety.
    • To sing or play a tune in a sprightly, tripping way; complete musical noises flowingly and happily.
    • to complete any such thing with dexterity or quickness; spring; jump.
    • To sway up and down, as a bird on a spray.

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