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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.
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British Dictionary definitions for un 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
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