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

Definition of stilted

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
Recent Examples on the Web The narrative thrust thus becomes Rose's awakening and the evolving dynamic between the women, though Stuhlbarg is quite good, despite the stilted and unappealing nature of his character. Brian Lowry, CNN, "Elisabeth Moss again outshines the movie as a troubled writer in 'Shirley'," 5 June 2020 Denise Cathey/The Brownsville Herald, via Associated Press As climbing temperatures herald summer’s return, cities and states around the United States are beginning the stilted process of reopening. Lauren Sloss, New York Times, "It’s Almost Memorial Day, and I Want to Go to the Beach. Can I Do That Safely?," 21 May 2020 Even adopting a charitable view of that bleak outlook, the show suffers from soapy silliness, stilted situations and a lack of narrative momentum, preventing this train from ever getting out of the station. Brian Lowry, CNN, "'Snowpiercer' takes off on a post-apocalyptic train, and runs offs the rails," 15 May 2020 Producers only subject us to a few minutes of Alex’s stilted conversation with Amanda’s dad before shifting the action to the big group dinner with her brothers, her aunt, and her best friend. Kristen Baldwin,, "The Bachelor episode 4 rewatch: Alex meets the parents," 6 Apr. 2020 The dialogue is stilted and overblown, a problem also in some of the live-action incarnations. Alex Kane, USA TODAY, "How to watch Star Wars: The Clone Wars movie," 12 Nov. 2019 The men’s stilted exchange insisted that laughter wouldn’t be another casualty of the attacks. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, "Quarantine Is Changing the Way We Laugh," 2 Apr. 2020 His conversations with Angela can come off stilted, the pressure of their troubled relationship stopping him from responding to her pleas. Shirley Li, The Atlantic, "Why Tigertail Is So Resonant During the Pandemic," 14 Apr. 2020 Dad remembered it as more thrilling than on this repeat viewing, especially after the Soderbergh film, which made this one seem stilted and conventional. Michael Ordoña, Los Angeles Times, "Coronavirus quarantining with kids: Movies, games, baking and ... carpentry?," 18 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of stilted

1820, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of stilted was in 1820

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21 Jun 2020

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“Stilted.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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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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