- 1[intransitive] to make repeated short high sounds synonym warble A phone trilled on the desk. The canary was trilling away happily.
- 2[transitive] + speech to say something in a high cheerful voice synonym warble ‘How wonderful!’ she trilled.
- 3 [transitive] trill something (phonetics) to pronounce a /r/ sound by making a trill (3) compare roll Word Origin mid 17th cent.: from Italian trillo (noun), trillare (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//