stilted


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stilt·ed

 (stĭl′tĭd)
adj.
1. Stiffly or artificially formal; stiff: stilted prose.
2. Architecture Having some vertical length between the impost and the beginning of the curve. Used of an arch.

stilt′ed·ly adv.
stilt′ed·ness n.

stilted

(ˈstɪltɪd)
adj
1. (of speech, writing, etc) formal, pompous, or bombastic
2. not flowing continuously or naturally: stilted conversation.
3. (Architecture) architect (of an arch) having vertical piers between the impost and the springing
ˈstiltedly adv
ˈstiltedness n

stilt•ed

(ˈstɪl tɪd)

adj.
stiffly dignified or formal, as speech or literary style; pompous.
[1610–20]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.stilted - artificially formal; "that artificial humility that her husband hated"; "contrived coyness"; "a stilted letter of acknowledgment"; "when people try to correct their speech they develop a stilted pronunciation"
affected, unnatural - speaking or behaving in an artificial way to make an impression

stilted

stilted

adjective
So rigidly constrained, formal, or awkward as to lack all grace and spontaneity:
Translations

stilted

[ˈstɪltɪd] ADJ [person] → afectado; [conversation, style, manner] → forzado, poco natural
her English is rather stilted (non-native speaker) → su inglés no suena muy natural; (native speaker) → tiene un inglés bastante rebuscado or afectado

stilted

[ˈstɪltəd] adj [conversation, delivery] → guindé(e)

stilted

adj, stiltedly

stilted

[ˈstɪltɪd] adj (style) → artificioso/a; (way of speaking) → formale; (translation) → poco naturale
References in classic literature ?
'In fact, you wonder that I can like any one so unlike the stilted heroes of romance.
In some of his works, especially 'The Rambler,' where, it has been jocosely suggested, he was exercising the polysyllables that he wished to put into his 'Dictionary,' he does employ a stilted Latinized vocabulary and a stilted style, with too much use of abstract phrases for concrete ones, too many long sentences, much inverted order, and over-elaborate balance.
Then he wondered whether what she said had any meaning for her: perhaps she knew no other way to express her genuine feelings than the stilted language of The Family Herald.
It had become at once more official,--a trifle more stilted.
Around the enchanted boundaries of the little park street cars spat and mewed and the stilted trains roared like tigers and lions prowling for a place to enter.