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- (archaic) pompous
- (of a gait) uneven, as if walking on stilts
1906, Harry Caulton Reeks, Diseases of the Horse's Foot:
- He has the animal trotted, and may notice at this stage that there is an inclination to go on the toes, that the lame limb or limbs are not put forward freely, and that progression is stilty and uncertain; it is such, in fact, as to at once suggest the possibility of corns being present.
1916, United States Department of Agriculture, Special Report on Diseases of the Horse:
- If he is lame in both feet the gait is stilty, the shoulders seem stiff, and, if made to work, he sweats profusely from intense pain.
- resembling stilts