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English definition of “stilted”

stilted

adjective     /ˈstɪl.tɪd/ US  /-t̬ɪd/ disapproving
(of a person's behaviour or way of speaking or writing) too formal and not smooth or natural : He writes in a formal and rather stilted style . The dialogue sounded stilted and unnatural , perhaps because of the translation from the original Russian .Ways of talking stiltedly     /-li/ adverb
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