a. stiff and artificially formal; inflated
His stilted rhetoric did not impress the college audience; they were immune to bombastic utterances.
Sentence in Classic:
He is not easily astonished, he is still less easily terrified, he makes songs on superstitions, he takes the wind out of exaggerations, he twits mysteries, he thrusts out his tongue at ghosts, he takes the poetry out of stilted things, he introduces caricature into epic extravaganzas.
Les Misérables (V3) By Victor Hugo Context
Only the Henty books and the Elsie books and the latest optimisms by moral female novelists and virile clergymen were in general demand, and the board themselves were interested only in old, stilted volumes.
Main Street By Sinclair Lewis Context