Origin of stilted
- a plow handle.
- a crutch.
verb (used with object)
Origin of stilt
Examples from the Web for stilted
It is glorious in its stilted awkwardness, and should be cherished.Rosie Returns to 'The View': A Bold, Intelligent, and Sometimes Boring Premiere|Kevin Fallon|September 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Complete with stilted dialogue and cringe-worthy background music, the whole thing would be laughable were it not so terrifying.Outlandish Work Training Videos: Alabama’s Mass Shooting Film & More|Kevin Fallon|January 3, 2013|DAILY BEAST
As a debate, this was a sideshow, 90 minutes of stilted silliness, an intermission interrupting the real deal.Joe Biden Beat Paul Ryan, But Veep Debate Was a Mediocre Snoozefest|Tunku Varadarajan|October 12, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The result is nothing extraordinary, but feels awkward and stilted.
But the stilted dialogue and bizarre narrative conceits pale in comparison with some of the sacrilege being committed here.Wonder Woman: A Sneak Peek at David E. Kelley's Script|Jace Lacob|February 2, 2011|DAILY BEAST
The tone of the book, which ought to be a simple story, is stilted and rhetorical.
She was evidently infected by the stilted manner of her ridiculous lover.Scaramouche|Rafael Sabatini
The attempt to put her thoughts into words always produced a crude and stilted result which she knew instinctively was not poetry.The Dorrance Domain|Carolyn Wells
Their style was elegant and academic, retaining a little of the stilted poetic diction of their classical forerunners.From Chaucer to Tennyson|Henry A. Beers
Clodagh laughed frankly at the stilted compliment, and Asshlin's face brightened perceptibly.The Gambler|Katherine Cecil Thurston
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.