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stilted

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Related topics: Literature
stiltedstilt‧ed /ˈstɪltɪd/ adjective 🔊 🔊 ALa stilted style of writing or speaking is formal and unnatural 🔊 a stilted conversationstiltedly adverb
Examples from the Corpus
stiltedConversation seemed rather stilted and for some time Charlie himself seemed unable to speak at all.Consequently they sound stilted and reluctant and rob what they say of much reward value.The dialogue was stilted and robotlike.She stole their golden hearts and gave the lakeside people garlands, linking their stilted arms like dancers.Formerly it was stilted, boring, narrow in approach and poorly laid out.In one of the evening's best performances, she recounts a recent audition in a hilariously stilted delivery.Flashbacks to stilted junior-year productions started whizzing by faster than you can say Grosse Pointe Blank.What was it that was happening, with this stilted mist hanging, obscuring the view of all but the immediate path ahead.A stilted walkway led through a gate to the sand.stilted conversationI watched her shuffle, wriggle and avert her eyes while we made stilted conversation about our lives.And all too soon the stilted conversation ran out.
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