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.
one of several posts supporting a structure built above the surface of land or water.
Ceramics. a three-armed support for an object being fired.
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.
British Dialect.
a plow handle.
a crutch.
verb (used with object)
to raise on or as if on stilts.

1275–1325; Middle English stilte; cognate with Low German stilte pole, German Stelze

stiltlike, adjective Unabridged
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stilt (stɪlt)
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
4.  (tr) to raise or place on or as if on stilts
[C14 (in the sense: crutch, handle of a plough): related to Low German stilte pole, Norwegian stilta]

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Word Origin & History

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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