Main definitions of lilty in English

: lilty1lilty2

lilty1

noun

Northern Irish
informal
  • An excitable and energetic person.

    ‘he was out the door like a lilty’
    • ‘Eileen was up and down those first-class aisles like a lilty.’
    • ‘"Away with the fairies" is an epithet for someone who is a bit of a lilty.’
    • ‘He was out the door like a lilty.’
    • ‘I skip over urban cobbles and paving cracks like a lilty.’
    • ‘I am always gadding about all over the place like a lilty.’

Origin

Mid 19th century: of uncertain origin; probably from lilt; perhaps influenced by Scots lintie ‘lively girl’, an abbreviation of linnet.

Pronunciation

lilty

/ˈlɪlti/

Main definitions of lilty in English

: lilty1lilty2

lilty2

noun

in phrase give it lilty
Northern Irish
informal
  • Put a great deal of effort into an activity.

    ‘we gave it lilty and got through to day two’
    • ‘My head aches from the screaming of the excited six year olds giving it lilty as they hurtle down the slide.’
    • ‘There he was, giving it lilty and inciting the crowd into a good-humoured frenzy.’
    • ‘All the lads gave it lilty in the first 60 minutes.’
    • ‘Here's me, giving it lilty from the handbook of day filling and she gets a strop on.’
    • ‘Us four supporters were giving it lilty behind the standing goals at the oppositie side from where he scored the point.’

Origin

Early 19th century: from the sense of lilty ‘a beating’, a variant of Scots laldy.

Pronunciation

lilty

/ˈlɪlti/