- raised or elevated on or as on stilts
- so formal or high-sounding as to seem pompous, unnatural, or old-fashioned: said of writing or speech
- An awkward conversation with your former boss who fired you a year ago is an example of a conversation that would be described as stilted.
- A house on the waterfront that is standing on stilts so it doesn't get washed away when the tide comes in is an example of something that would be described as stilted.
The definition of stilted is artificially or unnaturally formal, or something that is standing on stilts.
- Stiffly or artificially formal; stiff: stilted prose.
- Architecture Having some vertical length between the impost and the beginning of the curve. Used of an arch.
(comparative more stilted, superlative most stilted)
- Friends and strangers alike acted out their stilted scenes before dropping onto the page as words again.
- Speaking generally, they are characterized by a stilted, affected style and a tone of gross adulation.
- Most of the compositions in the literary language, whether old or archaistic, are in a stilted style and often with parallelisms of phrase like those of Hebrew poetry.
- Af ter the death of Holberg, the affectation of Gallicism had reappeared in Denmark; and the tragedies of Voltaire, with their stilted rhetoric, were the most popular dramas of the day.
- At present few persons beyond their teens would care to read it through, so unnatural and stilted is its language, so thin its material and so consciously mediated its sentiment.