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 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 The cab dropped us at our home stay: a studio apartment on the twenty-ninth floor overlooking other mostly vacant high-rises and mazes of stilted homes by the shoreline. Sylvia Poggioli, The New York Review of Books, "Pandemic Journal, March 23–29," 29 Mar. 2020 Narrator Mary Lewis, raised in Newfoundland herself, delivers the book in a manner that seems stilted at first but grows more appealing as Lewis moves further into the story, with its pleasing archaisms and evocation of balked communication. Katherine A. Powers, Washington Post, "Listen up! Our critic picks three new audiobooks for your playlist.," 21 Jan. 2020 Even a recent birthday party for one of Aaron’s sons was a bit stilted., "Carlos Beltran," 20 Oct. 2019 In his own way, this would-be president — who can appear stilted and rigid on a television screen — can come off as, well, authentic in person. Manuel Roig-franzia, Washington Post, "Tom Steyer wants to ‘save the world.’ First he’ll have to save his campaign.," 28 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of stilted

1820, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Stilted.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jun. 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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