stilt·​ed | \ ˈstil-təd How to pronounce stilted (audio) \

Definition of stilted

1a : pompous, lofty
b : formal, stiff
2 : having the curve beginning at some distance above the impost a stilted arch

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Other Words from stilted

stiltedly adverb
stiltedness noun

Examples of stilted in a Sentence

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

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His freewheeling commentary — in fluid Spanish and stilted English — lends the production warmth. Nora Mcgreevy,, "In Cirque du Soleil’s ‘Corteo,’ flights of imagination in the afterlife," 20 June 2019 She is accompanied by some of her feathered and stilted performers (no combatant Prince Phillip, though). Dewayne Bevil,, "Disney World: Villains After Hours event spotlights the dark side," 11 June 2019 Siri previously relied on bits of chopped-up recorded human voice, resulting in a stilted, robotic voice. Mike Murphy, Quartz, "Everything Apple announced at its WWDC 2019 developer conference," 3 June 2019 The same is true of The Woman in the Fifth (2011), an abysmal psychological thriller, in which Ethan Hawke plays the novelist Tom Ricks, a stilted narcissist at whom the women of Paris throw themselves like so many delirious groupies. Giles Harvey, Harper's magazine, "Home Truths," 10 Jan. 2019 Even the stilted language of regulatory filings can be telling. Dan Gallagher, WSJ, "GameStop and the Art of the Non-Deal," 29 Jan. 2019 The tree-house-like stilted bungalows of Asilia’s Jabali Ridge—enclosed by teak louvered shutters and nest-like gum-wood-branch roofs—hide between boulders on a soaring granite outcrop, giving panoramic views of plains and otherworldly baobabs. Andrew Sessa, Condé Nast Traveler, "Ruaha: The African National Park You'll Have Almost All to Yourself," 11 Oct. 2018 After years of hearing professional actors perform in games, going back to the stilted, choppy delivery in Resident Evil is jarring. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "PlayStation Classic review: a journey through the exciting, awkward days of early 3D games," 27 Nov. 2018 The stilted dialogue is largely gone, replaced by a goofy but still familiar take on teen slang. Julie Muncy, Ars Technica, "Life Is Strange 2, episode 1 review: New setting, same heart," 28 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of stilted

1820, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of stilted

: awkward especially because of being too formal


stilt·​ed | \ ˈstil-təd How to pronounce stilted (audio) \

Kids Definition of stilted

: not easy and natural a stilted speech

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