Part of speech: adjective

Bombastic; inflated.

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Usage examples "stilted":

  1. Even those portions that are not to be found in the " Overtures" are written in Povey's peculiar and rather stilted style. - "British Committees, Commissions, and Councils of Trade and Plantations, 1622-1675", Charles M. Andrews.
  2. His chief work " The Pleasures of Imagination," is not often read now, but it enjoyed a considerable reputation in an age when a stilted and formal style was looked upon as a true excellence in poetry. - "Northumberland Yesterday and To-day", Jean F. Terry.
  3. Many times Barbara tried to write to Steve in those days and each time destroyed the badly scored sheet, either in dismay at the wilful intimacy of her pen or disgusted with its stilted aloofness. - "Then I'll Come Back to You", Larry Evans.