- a plow handle.
- a crutch.
verb (used with object)
Origin of stilt
Examples from the Web for stilt
Later, we experimented on many oological varieties, especially Stilt's and Avocet's eggs.Wild Spain (Espaa agreste)|Abel Chapman
The stilt (Himantopus candidus) may be described as a sandpiper on red stilts.Glimpses of Indian Birds|Douglas Dewar
Now, as every stilt walker knows, it is impossible to stay motionless on stilts.A Little Florida Lady|Dorothy C. Paine
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.
British Dictionary definitions for stilt
Word Origin for stilt
Word Origin and History 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.