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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR LILTING

So they tried, with Richard lifting the child lightly to the lilting tune.

His eyes brimmed with a lilting excitement and a vast anticipation.

But with my lilting love-song I won him, he-siren that I am.

It was answered by a lilting shout as men sprang to their feet.

How few of the present generation have ever heard of this "lilting," except in song.

There sounded a lilting melody, a-throb with the joy of life.

Was it not almost too much for children, this lilting announcement of mirth and beauty?

It was Tilly's voice, and it rang with the lilting tones of triumphant joy.

The birds, too, were lilting gayly on that perfect May morning.

Believe me, it sounded natural, even if you were just lilting.

WORD ORIGIN

1510s, "to lift up" (the voice), probably from late 14c. West Midlands dialect lulten "to sound an alarm," of unknown origin. Possible relatives include Norwegian lilla "to sing" and Low German lul "pipe." It is possible that the whole loose group is imitative. Sense of "sing in a light manner" is first recorded 1786. Related: Lilted; lilting. As a noun, 1728, "lilting song," from the verb. As "rhythmical cadence," 1840.

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