Definition of trill verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    trill

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//trɪl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//trɪl//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they trill
    BrE BrE//trɪl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//trɪl//
     
    he / she / it trills
    BrE BrE//trɪlz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//trɪlz//
     
    past simple trilled
    BrE BrE//trɪld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//trɪld//
     
    past participle trilled
    BrE BrE//trɪld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//trɪld//
     
    -ing form trilling
    BrE BrE//ˈtrɪlɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtrɪlɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[intransitive] to make repeated short high sounds synonym warble A phone trilled on the desk. The canary was trilling away happily.
  2. 2[transitive] + speech to say something in a high cheerful voice synonym warble ‘How wonderful!’ she trilled.
  3. 3 [transitive] trill something (phonetics) to pronounce a /r/ sound by making a trill (3) compare roll
  4. Word Origin mid 17th cent.: from Italian trillo (noun), trillare (verb).
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