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stilted

[ stil-tid ]
/ ˈstɪl tɪd /
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adjective

stiffly dignified or formal, as speech or literary style; pompous.
Architecture. (of an arch) resting on imposts treated in part as downward continuations of the arch.

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Origin of stilted

First recorded in 1610–20; stilt + -ed3

OTHER WORDS FROM stilted

un·stilt·ed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for stilted

stilted
/ (ˈstɪltɪd) /

adjective

(of speech, writing, etc) formal, pompous, or bombastic
not flowing continuously or naturallystilted conversation
architect (of an arch) having vertical piers between the impost and the springing

Derived forms of stilted

stiltedly, adverbstiltedness, noun
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