stilted

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adjective stilt·ed \ˈstil-təd\

Definition of stilted

  1. 1a :  pompous, loftyb :  formal, stiff

  2. 2 :  having the curve beginning at some distance above the impost a stilted arch

stiltedly

adverb

stiltedness

noun

Examples of stilted in a Sentence

  1. the conversation was somewhat stilted as we didn't seem to share any interests

  2. a stilted letter of apology that was written and accepted with equal measures of insincerity

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1820

First Known Use of stilted

1820


STILTED Defined for English Language Learners

stilted

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Definition of stilted for English Language Learners

  • : awkward especially because of being too formal


STILTED Defined for Kids

stilted

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adjective stilt·ed \ˈstil-təd\

Definition of stilted for Students

  1. :  not easy and natural a stilted speech



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