un stilted

stilted

[stil-tid]
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:
1610–20; stilt + -ed3

unstilted, adjective


1. wooden, mannered, stuffy, constrained.
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stilted (ˈstɪltɪd)
 
adj
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
 
'stiltedly
 
adv
 
'stiltedness
 
n

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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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