stilted


stilt·ed

adjective \ˈstil-təd\

: awkward especially because of being too formal

Full Definition of STILTED

1
a :  pompous, lofty
b :  formal, stiff
2
:  having the curve beginning at some distance above the impost <a stilted arch>
stilt·ed·ly adverb
stilt·ed·ness noun

Examples of STILTED

  1. <the conversation was somewhat stilted as we didn't seem to share any interests>
  2. <a stilted letter of apology that was written and accepted with equal measures of insincerity>

First Known Use of STILTED

1820

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