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stilt (n.)

early 14c., "a crutch," a common Germanic word (cognates: Danish stylte, Swedish stylta, Middle Low German, Middle Dutch stelte "stilt," Flemish stilte "stick," Old High German stelza "plow handle, crutch"), though the exact relationship of them all is unclear, from Proto-Germanic *steltijon, from extended form of PIE root *stel- "to put, stand, put in order," with derivatives referring to a standing object or place.

Application to "wooden poles for walking across marshy ground, etc." is from mid-15c. Meaning "one of the posts on which a building is raised from the ground" is first attested 1690s. As a type of bird with long legs, from 1831. Stilted in the figurative sense of "pompous, stuffy" is first recorded 1820.

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Definitions of stilt

stilt (n.)
a column of wood or steel or concrete that is driven into the ground to provide support for a structure;
Synonyms: pile / spile / piling
stilt (n.)
one of two stout poles with foot rests in the middle; used for walking high above the ground;
he was so tall I thought he was on stilts
stilt (n.)
long-legged three-toed wading bird of brackish marshes of Australia;
Synonyms: Australian stilt
stilt (n.)
long-legged three-toed black-and-white wading bird of inland ponds and marshes or brackish lagoons;
Synonyms: stiltbird / longlegs / long-legs / stilt plover / Himantopus stilt
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