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.
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.
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.
In his youth he had been a playgoer, but he shortly came to the conclusion that tragedy is a stilted and bombastic art, and after a time comedy interested him no more than tragedy.