noun \ˈstilt\

: one of a set of upright posts that are used to hold a building up above water or the ground

: one of a pair of long poles with platforms for your feet that you can stand on to walk high above the ground

Full Definition of STILT

a :  one of two poles each with a rest or strap for the foot used to elevate the wearer above the ground in walking
b :  a pile or post serving as one of the supports of a structure above ground or water level
plural also stilt :  any of several very long-legged 3-toed shorebirds (genera Himantopus and Cladorhynchus) that are related to the avocets, frequent inland ponds and marshes, and nest in small colonies

Examples of STILT

  1. a circus performer walking on stilts

Origin of STILT

Middle English stilte; akin to Old High German stelza stilt
First Known Use: 15th century

Rhymes with STILT


transitive verb

Definition of STILT

:  to raise on or as if on stilts

First Known Use of STILT

STILTS Defined for Kids


noun \ˈstilt\

Definition of STILT for Kids

:  one of a pair of tall poles each with a high step or loop for the support of a foot used to lift the person wearing them above the ground in walking
:  a stake or post used as one of the supports of a structure (as a building) above ground or water level


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