Definition of stilted
- a stilted arch
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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agitated, bothered, chagrined, dismayed, disquieted, distressed, disturbed, fazed, flustered, jittery, jumpy, mortified, nervous, nonplussed (also nonplused), perturbed, rattled, unhinged, unsettled, upset;
: awkward especially because of being too formal
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