- a plow handle.
- a crutch.
verb (used with object)
Origin of stilt
Related Words for stiltrangy, gangly, spindly, gaunt, slender, scrawny, angular, sinewy, lanky, slim, sparse, skinny, svelte, wiry, fragile, lean, meager, delicate, small, narrow
Examples from the Web for stilt
Historical Examples of stilt
For the glaze firing the tile should be placed flat on the stilt.The Library of Work and Play: Home Decoration
Charles Franklin Warner
In this style of stilt (Type A, Plate 41) the uprights are held beneath the arm pits.Toy Craft
Leon H. Baxter
But he said he would do his best to run out the remainder on a stilt.Mary Tudor, Queen of France
Mary Croom Brown
The speed that the stilt walkers attain is easily explained.
That of St. Basil, which is stilt retained by the Oriental monks; 2.
Word Origin for stilt
early 14c., "a crutch," from Proto-Germanic *steltijon (cf. Middle Low German, Middle Dutch stelte "stilt," Old High German stelza "plow handle, crutch"), from PIE root *stel- "to put, stand" (see stall (n.1)). Application to "wooden poles for walking across marshy ground, etc." is from mid-15c. Meaning "one of the posts on which a building is raised from the ground" is first attested 1690s. Stilted in the figurative sense of "pompous, stuffy" is first recorded 1820.