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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Stiffly or artificially formal; stiff.
  • adj. Architecture Having some vertical length between the impost and the beginning of the curve. Used of an arch.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. stiff and artificially formal
  • adj. pompous
  • adj. Supported by stilts.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Elevated as if on stilts; hence, pompous; bombastic

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Elevated, as if on stilts; hence, pompous; inflated; formal; stiff and bombastic: said especially of language: as, a stilted mode of expression; a stilted style.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. artificially formal

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