stilted
adjective Date: 1820 1. a. pompous, lofty b. formal, stiff 2. having the curve beginning at some distance above the impost <
a stilted arch
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stiltedly adverbstiltedness noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • stilted — index formal, histrionic, inflated (bombastic), orotund, pretentious (pompous), turgid Burton s …   Law dictionary

  • stilted — [adj] artificial, pretentious affected, angular, aureate, bombastic, constrained, decorous, egotistic, euphuistic, flowery, forced, formal, genteel, grandiloquent, high flown, high sounding, inflated, labored, magniloquent, mincing, overblown,… …   New thesaurus

  • stilted — ► ADJECTIVE 1) (of speech or writing) stiff and self conscious or unnatural. 2) standing on stilts. DERIVATIVES stiltedly adverb stiltedness noun …   English terms dictionary

  • stilted — [stil′tid] adj. 1. raised or elevated on or as on stilts 2. artificially formal or dignified; pompous stiltedly adv. stiltedness n …   English World dictionary

  • stilted — stilt|ed [ stıltəd ] adjective stilted movements or words are not relaxed and natural: I praised them in my stilted German. stilted conversation/speech/acting …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • stilted — [[t]stɪ̱ltɪd[/t]] ADJ GRADED If someone speaks in a stilted way, they speak in a formal or unnatural way, for example because they are not relaxed. We made polite, stilted conversation... His delivery was stilted and occasionally stumbling. Syn:… …   English dictionary

  • stilted — UK [ˈstɪltɪd] / US [ˈstɪltəd] adjective stilted movements or words are not relaxed and natural I praised them in my stilted German. stilted conversation/speech/acting …   English dictionary

  • stilted — stilt|ed [ˈstıltıd] adj a stilted style of writing or speaking is formal and unnatural ▪ a stilted conversation >stiltedly adv …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • stilted — adjective a stilted style of writing or speaking is formal, and unnatural: a stilted conversation stiltedly adverb …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • Stilted — Stilt Stilt, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Stilted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Stilting}.] To raise on stilts, or as if on stilts. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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