Lilt is another one of those oh, so charmingly simple looking words (much like limn) that holds so much in it’s definition. Lilt is a spirited, rhythmical, light, and pleasant way of sounding or moving and how utterly lovely is that?! While I defined lilt as a noun for descriptive means, lilt is also a verb – an example would be “Listening to the lilting sound of her voice was heavenly.” or “She lilted about the room in an unassuming and charming manner.” or “The song had a happy lilt and I hummed along quite merrily.”. Okay, so maybe the last example of lilt as a verb isn’t quite right, but no matter (I am a bit fuzzy with my sentence structure and I never enjoyed that part of English class – I understand the use of adverbs, pronouns, and the like, but still…).
The lovely Lovely Lilting Lillian Gish ~ Doesn’t she seem to be singing a cheerful lilting tune!
I really like the word lilt and I know I’m going to keep on using it to describe cheerful, peppy songs and movements!
Namaste ~ Ella
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2 thoughts on “Word Nerd: Lilt”
I first encountered this word in Led Zeppelin’s Kashmir, beautiful word!
It really is!
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