- one of two poles, each with a support for the foot at some distance above the bottom end, enabling the wearer to walk with his or her feet above the ground.
- one of several posts supporting a structure built above the surface of land or water.
- Ceramics. a three-armed support for an object being fired.
- any of several white-and-black wading birds, especially Cladorhynchus leucocephalus and Himantopus himantopus, having long, bright pink legs and a long, slender black bill.
- British Dialect.
- a plow handle.
- a crutch.
- to raise on or as if on stilts.
Origin of stilt
Examples from the Web for stilting
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
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
- either of a pair of two long poles with footrests on which a person stands and walks, as used by circus clowns
- a long post or column that is used with others to support a building above ground level
- any of several shore birds of the genera Himantopus and Cladorhynchus, similar to the avocets but having a straight bill
- (tr) to raise or place on or as if on stilts
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.