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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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  • 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

n.

early 14c., "a crutch," from Proto-Germanic *steltijon (cf. Middle Low German, Middle Dutch stelte "stilt," Old High German stelza "plow handle, crutch"), from PIE root *stel- "to put, stand" (see stall (n.1)). Application to "wooden poles for walking across marshy ground, etc." is from mid-15c. Meaning "one of the posts on which a building is raised from the ground" is first attested 1690s. Stilted in the figurative sense of "pompous, stuffy" is first recorded 1820.

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