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stilted

[stil-tid] /ˈstɪl tɪd/
adjective
1.
stiffly dignified or formal, as speech or literary style; pompous.
2.
Architecture. (of an arch) resting on imposts treated in part as downward continuations of the arch.
Origin
1610-1620
1610-20; stilt + -ed3
Related forms
unstilted, adjective
Synonyms
1. wooden, mannered, stuffy, constrained.

stilt

[stilt] /stɪlt/
noun
1.
one of two poles, each with a support for the foot at some distance above the bottom end, enabling the wearer to walk with his or her feet above the ground.
2.
one of several posts supporting a structure built above the surface of land or water.
3.
Ceramics. a three-armed support for an object being fired.
4.
any of several white-and-black wading birds, especially Cladorhynchus leucocephalus and Himantopus himantopus, having long, bright pink legs and a long, slender black bill.
5.
British Dialect.
  1. a plow handle.
  2. a crutch.
verb (used with object)
6.
to raise on or as if on stilts.
Origin
1275-1325; Middle English stilte; cognate with Low German stilte pole, German Stelze
Related forms
stiltlike, adjective
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Examples for stilted
  • Some of the episodes may strike you as a bit artificial or contrived, as often the stilted behavior of self-conscious rustics is.
  • And he coached his actors toward a naturalistic style, away from the stilted, artificial poses that were the norm.
  • Within the advertising industry, his awkward and stilted performance was widely criticized.
  • Not a mentoring program, which seems formal and stilted.
  • When they do speak, which isn't often, it is in long stilted phrases about the wisdom of the ancients.
  • Unfortunately, this stilted computer speech leaves people cold.
  • Note awkward body language, stilted movements, and annoying verbal tics.
  • But in the last few years the conversation has become stilted.
  • It's a stilted synthetic voice, but better than nothing.
  • Moreover, stilted writing has long been part of the culture of bureaucracy.
British Dictionary definitions for stilted

stilted

/ˈstɪltɪd/
adjective
1.
(of speech, writing, etc) formal, pompous, or bombastic
2.
not flowing continuously or naturally stilted conversation
3.
(architect) (of an arch) having vertical piers between the impost and the springing
Derived Forms
stiltedly, adverb
stiltedness, noun

stilt

/stɪlt/
noun
1.
either of a pair of two long poles with footrests on which a person stands and walks, as used by circus clowns
2.
a long post or column that is used with others to support a building above ground level
3.
any of several shore birds of the genera Himantopus and Cladorhynchus, similar to the avocets but having a straight bill
verb
4.
(transitive) to raise or place on or as if on stilts
Word Origin
C14 (in the sense: crutch, handle of a plough): related to Low German stilte pole, Norwegian stilta
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Word Origin and History for stilted
stilt
c.1320, "a crutch," from P.Gmc. *steltijon (cf. M.L.G., M.Du. stelte "stilt," O.H.G. stelza "plow handle, crutch"), from PIE *stel- "to put, stand, place, cause to stand" (see stall (1)). Application to "wooden poles for walking across marshy ground, etc." is from c.1440. Meaning "one of the posts on which a building is raised from the ground" is first attested 1697. Stilted in the fig. sense of "pompous, stuffy" is first recorded 1820.
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