Definition of stilted in English:


Syllabification: stilt·ed
Pronunciation: /ˈstiltid


  • 1(Of a manner of talking or writing) stiff and self-conscious or unnatural: we made stilted conversation
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    • Although Mandy told the girls later that the lunch had ‘been very romantic’, the two-hour date saw the two behaving self consciously and chatting in a stilted manner.
    • In a stilted manner, he replied, ‘I didn't do too badly.’
    • Moreover, his public image was balanced somewhere between the effete decadence of a dandy and the stilted manners of an upper-class gentleman.
    strained, forced, contrived, constrained, labored, stiff, self-conscious, awkward, unnatural, wooden
  • 2Standing on stilts: villages of stilted houses
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    • You can stay in a grass hut with sunset views for a few pounds and it's wonderful, but for just shy of £50, you get into Bon Ton, a beautiful resort of antique stilted fishermen's houses overlooking a water-lilied lagoon.
    • He will experience, together with 60 other fund raisers from across the country, the hospitality of local people in stilted houses in remote villages, as well as Ho Chi Minh city.
    • Thereafter we began to shed the plantations and move into rainforest punctuated by stilted kampung houses and jackfruit trees.
  • 2.1 Architecture (Of an arch) with pieces of upright masonry between the imposts and the springers.
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    • An aperture in the back wall is incised in the form of an unmoulded stilted arch; there is one low table round which diners slump on leather pouffes; the other tables are covered in cloths of thick striped material.
    • The stilted arch, which is clearly identifiable in the watercolour, can still be seen when visiting Bowes Castle - three miles from the museum.



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  • What I realised, though, was that while I'm really glad I went and while it was really good to be with other folk and talk, however stiltedly, about Andy, this is something I need to deal with myself, slowly, over time.
  • Somewhere between Warhol and ‘Laugh-In’, their stark pastels recreate a time that might have sort of existed but probably didn't, when everyone wore cardigans and comb-overs; danced stiltedly to fey pop music; read Marx for pleasure.
  • The humor, if one may call it that, consists of having Anna and Claire exchanging, in endless one-upmanship, insults whose flowery and stiltedly archaizing language is periodically littered with today's grossest obscenities.


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  • He has helped both the actors and the camera shrug off their self-conscious stiltedness and look, for the first time in the franchise, really settled in their fantastic world.
  • There might be references to stem-cell research and the internet, but there is a ghost of 1970s stiltedness over these confections, as if everyone is going home for a Vesta curry and some Angel Delight after their shift.
  • The disease brings on a marked slowness and stiltedness of movement, caused by the brain's increasing difficulty in transmitting its instructions to the body.

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