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Definition artificially formal
  • We listen to the earnest attempts of their talk, the bits of their stilted English.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  Native Speaker
  • The letters were formal and a little stilted.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • Her legs stilted with fear, she continued down.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • He was too stilted, too selfopinionated.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • The words were awkward, stilted because of her embarrassment, but they seemed sincere.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  New Moon
  • "You have a sweetheart or a brother, I presume?" she asked in her stilted readerish way.
    Betty Smith  --  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  • I had to read several of the letters he'd received first to pick up the stilted formal style of the day.
    Octavia Butler  --  Kindred
  • Why was I speaking in this stilted fashion?
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
  • But my mom and I weren't normal, so this—stilted and vague as it might be—was the closest we'd come to each other in ages.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Along for the Ride
  • Formal, a little stilted, it was from Rosemarie, and folded in it were two photographs of my grandmother.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • I'm here, father,' the man seemed to take a long breath for his surprising stilted statement, 'on an errand of mercy.
    Graham Greene  --  The Power and the Glory
  • In each case, the conversation had been stilted; they had tiptoed through the talk as though through the bedroom of a fitfully sleeping child.
    Gish Jen  --  Typical American
  • Yet despite Francie and Em and our stilted pleasantries in the kitchen, Kitsey's apartment was one of the few places I felt truly safe in New York.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • Their conversations were filled with their usual banter but it was somehow stilted at the same time, for he knew she wanted him to forgive himself.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Choice
  • Conversation was stilted.
    Ian McEwan  --  Atonement
  • Though in print the speech would seem a bit stilted, it was delivered with great force and effect.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • And the prose in the memoranda of other officers was always turgid, stilted, or ambiguous.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • I hate awkwardness and those weird stilted conversations and feeling like I can't go somewhere because you're there, or whatever.
    Sarah Dessen  --  This Lullaby
  • Conversations became stilted, and we began to argue for the first time.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride
  • I don't doubt that's true, but wouldn't you say that the first few paragraphs are a little ... stilted?
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Maelstrom

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