Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. pompous
  • adj. uneven, as if walking on stilts
  • adj. resembling stilts

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Unreasonably elevated; pompous; stilted.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Inflated; pompous; stilted.

Etymologies

stilt +‎ -y (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Mr. Reed turns to her as his feet break free from his ankles and he stumbles on his stilty legs.

    Wake

  • While the orchestra taps its boomerangs and claps its hands and grunts, two boys in mere nature progress towards the fire in a series of stiff, stilty jumps, the legs from the hips to the ankles being rigid; then the knees shake in a rapid succession of spasmodic jerks; the actors emit sounds resembling the preliminary growling and snarling of a couple of angry dogs.

    The Confessions of a Beachcomber

  • He has the animal trotted, and may notice at this stage that there is an inclination to go on the toes, that the lame limb or limbs are not put forward freely, and that progression is stilty and uncertain; it is such, in fact, as to at once suggest the possibility of corns being present.

    Diseases of the Horse's Foot

  • Driving and dray horses may step short with the front feet, or show a stilty action.

    Common Diseases of Farm Animals

  • If he is lame in both feet the gait is stilty, the shoulders seem stiff, and, if made to work, he sweats profusely from intense pain.

    Special Report on Diseases of the Horse

  • Collectors of kitchenware tell us that its shape evokes the arachnid-high stilty legs holding up a round black body.

    Citizendium, the Citizens' Compendium - Recent changes [en]

  • "You must excuse me, but I do think you would look so comical with all your feathers gummed down to your skinny sides, that wisp of a tail like a streak of horsehair, and those stilty legs sticking into your scraggy body -- ho-ho-ho-ho -- my fat sides!

    Featherland How the Birds lived at Greenlawn

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