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  1. one of two poles, each with a support for the foot at some distance above the bottom end, enabling the wearer to walk with their feet above the ground.

  2. one of several posts supporting a structure built above the surface of land or water.

  1. Ceramics. a three-armed support for an object being fired.

  2. any of several wading birds with very long pink legs and a long, slender bill, including the black-and-white Cladorhynchus leucocephalus and Himantopus himantopus.

  3. British Dialect.

    • a plow handle.

    • a crutch.

verb (used with object)
  1. to raise on or as if on stilts.

Origin of stilt

First recorded in 1275–1325; Middle English stilte; cognate with Low German stilte “pole,” German Stelze

Other words from stilt

  • stiltlike, adjective

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How to use stilt in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for stilt


/ (stɪlt) /

  1. either of a pair of two long poles with footrests on which a person stands and walks, as used by circus clowns

  2. a long post or column that is used with others to support a building above ground level

  1. any of several shore birds of the genera Himantopus and Cladorhynchus, similar to the avocets but having a straight bill

  1. (tr) to raise or place on or as if on stilts

Origin of stilt

C14 (in the sense: crutch, handle of a plough): related to Low German stilte pole, Norwegian stilta

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