So rigidly constrained, formal, or awkward as to lack all grace and spontaneity
Friends and strangers alike acted out their stilted scenes before dropping onto the page as words again.
Speaking generally, they are characterized by a stilted, affected style and a tone of gross adulation.
Most of the compositions in the literary language, whether old or archaistic, are in a stilted style and often with parallelisms of phrase like those of Hebrew poetry.
Af ter the death of Holberg, the affectation of Gallicism had reappeared in Denmark; and the tragedies of Voltaire, with their stilted rhetoric, were the most popular dramas of the day.
At present few persons beyond their teens would care to read it through, so unnatural and stilted is its language, so thin its material and so consciously mediated its sentiment.