stilt·​ed | \ ˈstil-təd \

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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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 Rosewood Luang Prabang: The latest luxury hotel to open in Luang Prabang takes advantage of the area's lush jungles with a series of suites housed in stilted safari-like tents that overlook an expanse of dark-green treetops. Hanya Yanagihara, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why Luang Prabang Is the Ideal Southeast Asian City," 20 Nov. 2018 The inability to marry the sometimes ruthless actions of this intrepid woman with the cerebral consideration of the ancient and the lost has left her adventures feeling a little stilted. Daniel Starkey, Ars Technica, "Shadow of the Tomb Raider review: Fighting for my life and loving it," 10 Sep. 2018 In possession of a strange and stilted squad, comprised of ageing has-been's and promising but unpredictable youngsters, France impressed with their flair before respectably succumbing to Germany., "Why Didier Deschamps Is Still a Problem Regardless of Leading France to the World Cup Final," 12 July 2018 Further, the proceedings have a stilted, artificial air that's not entirely the result of the material's obvious stage origins. Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Eat Me': Film Review," 5 July 2018 Broadcasts and newspaper reporting in North Korea is dry and stilted. Jim Michaels, USA TODAY, "While the world is inundated with summit news, North Koreans are told almost nothing," 8 June 2018 Andrea Kelly also sat with the parents of Joycelyn Savage, who have claimed that the singer has brainwashed their daughter and restricted their access to her, claims Savage has appeared to refute in handful of stilted media appearances. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, "R. Kelly's Ex-Wife Breaks Her Silence: 'What He Did to Me Was Criminal'," 15 June 2018 Slender, silver-haired and impeccably dressed, Mr. Kushner, 63, was by turns charming, blunt and philosophical, an engaging contrast to Jared Kushner’s more stilted persona. Sharon Lafraniere And Katie Benner, New York Times, "The Kushners Saw Redemption in the White House. It Was a Mirage.," 1 Apr. 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 \

Kids Definition of stilted

: not easy and natural a stilted speech

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