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stilted

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adjective stilt·ed \ˈstil-təd\

Simple Definition of stilted

  • : awkward especially because of being too formal

Full Definition of stilted

  1. 1a :  pompous, loftyb :  formal, stiff

  2. 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>



1820

First Known Use of stilted

1820



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