lilting lilting


  • (adj) characterized by a buoyant rhythm



  1. Pretty and confident, she speaks Mandarin heavily accented with the lilting tones of the Shanghai dialect and browses the malls of this huge city for the latest fashions.
  2. Lyricist Carl Sigman's sentimental lines were the standard drippy stuff, but the lilting waltz tune had an unusually fresh, clean sound.
  3. His high voice quavered a bit as he chanted the Latin in lilting Gregorian style.


  1. Hot Diggity Dog

    When Alice Wilhoit wanted to improve office morale with little raffles for her co-workers, she had to get permission. “Had to sort of—not really beg—but I was sort of like, ‘pleeease,’” the Department of Public Works employee of the year says in a lilting soprano. Wilhoit, who does payroll and other clerical work at the Montebello Filtration Plant off Hillen Road, has always played by the rules ...
    on June 12, 2013     Source: Baltimore City Paper

  2. Russian Singing/Dancing Troupe performs July 19

    The captivating Golden Gates/Moscow Nights musical troupe from St. Petersburg, Russia will present a magical family show featuring Russian songs, lilting balailaka and accordion instrumentals, folk stories, dances, and comedy routines on Friday, July 19 at 7:00 pm.
    on June 12, 2013     Source: Miami Gardens News

  3. ALBUM REVIEW: Camera Obscura, 'Desire Lines'

    Tracyanne Campbell s voice never fails to soothe. With simple beauty and hardly a flourish, she declares love and laments it, lilting gently over big emotions. It s been a large part of Camera Obscura s appeal over the years, and makes for satisfying records like Desire Lines.
    on June 11, 2013     Source: Colorado Daily


  1. "I could've wandered a long time looking for that haunting, lilting sound that's so particular to this place and which he was able to put his finger on instantly," said Newell.
    on Dec 21, 2006 By: Mike Newell Source: San Francisco Chronicle

  2. Byrne called the music "poppy, but fairly skewed too, with bits of soukous guitar thrown in from time to time, as if it was just a way of playing lilting guitar and not a specific African style. They're not a 'world music' act by any stretch; these...
    on Mar 7, 2008 By: David Byrne Source: The Birmingham News -

  3. England's Melody Maker wrote: "These are amongst the very best voices - Anna's, lilting and airy, Kate's deep and fiercer - to be heard in popular music today."
    on Jan 20, 2010 By: Melody Source: Globe and Mail

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