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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.
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Adv.1.stiltedly - in a stilted manner; "she answered him stiltedly"
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