stilted

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

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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Even the stilted language of regulatory filings can be telling. Dan Gallagher, WSJ, "GameStop and the Art of the Non-Deal," 29 Jan. 2019 The tree-house-like stilted bungalows of Asilia’s Jabali Ridge—enclosed by teak louvered shutters and nest-like gum-wood-branch roofs—hide between boulders on a soaring granite outcrop, giving panoramic views of plains and otherworldly baobabs. Andrew Sessa, Condé Nast Traveler, "Ruaha: The African National Park You'll Have Almost All to Yourself," 11 Oct. 2018 After years of hearing professional actors perform in games, going back to the stilted, choppy delivery in Resident Evil is jarring. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "PlayStation Classic review: a journey through the exciting, awkward days of early 3D games," 27 Nov. 2018 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. SI.com, "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

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First Known Use of stilted

1820, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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stilted

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of stilted

: awkward especially because of being too formal

stilted

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

Kids Definition of stilted

: not easy and natural a stilted speech

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