- a plow handle.
- a crutch.
verb (used with object)
Origin of stilt
Examples from the Web for stilting
I have been stilting about in his style so long that it is a relief to me to come down to the jog of common English.Life of Harriet Beecher Stowe Compiled from Her Letters and Journals|Charles Edward Stowe
All the arches at their crown were brought to the same height by a combination of stilting, pointing, or depressing them.How France Built Her Cathedrals|Elizabeth Boyle O'Reilly
British Dictionary definitions for stilting
Word Origin for stilt
Word Origin and History for stilting
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.