Definitions for stiffstɪf

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

stiffstɪf(adj.; n.; adv.; v.)stiff•er, stiff•est

  1. (adj.)rigid or firm; difficult or impossible to bend or flex:

    a stiff collar.

  2. not moving or working easily.

  3. (of a person or animal) not supple; moving with difficulty, as from cold, age, etc.

  4. strong; forceful; powerful:

    stiff winds.

  5. strong or potent to the taste or system, as a beverage or medicine.

  6. resolute; firm in purpose; stubborn.

  7. stubbornly continued:

    a stiff battle.

  8. rigidly formal, as people or manners.

  9. lacking ease and grace; awkward.

  10. excessively regular or formal, as a design.

  11. laborious or difficult, as a task.

  12. severe or harsh, as a penalty or demand.

  13. excessive; unusually high or great:

    a stiff price.

  14. firm from tension; taut.

  15. relatively firm in consistency, as semisolid matter; thick.

  16. dense or compact; not friable:

    stiff soil.

  17. (of a vessel) having a high resistance to rolling; stable

    Category: Nautical, Navy

    Ref: (opposed to crank 2 )

  18. (n.)Slang. a dead body; corpse. a formal or priggish person. a poor tipper; tightwad. a drunk. a fellow: a hobo. a laborer:

    lucky stiff.

    working stiffs.

    Category: Status (usage)

  19. (adv.)in or to a firm or rigid state.

  20. completely, intensely, or extremely:

    scared stiff.

  21. (v.t.)Slang. to fail to tip or pay (a waiter, worker, etc.).

    Category: Status (usage)

Origin of stiff:

bef. 1000; OE stīf, c. MD, MLG stīf, ON stīfr; akin to stifle1, steeve1


Princeton's WordNet

  1. stiff(noun)

    an ordinary man

    "a lucky stiff"; "a working stiff"

  2. cadaver, corpse, stiff, clay, remains(adj)

    the dead body of a human being

    "the cadaver was intended for dissection"; "the end of the police search was the discovery of a corpse"; "the murderer confessed that he threw the stiff in the river"; "honor comes to bless the turf that wraps their clay"

  3. stiff(adj)

    not moving or operating freely

    "a stiff hinge"

  4. stiff(adj)


    "a stiff current"; "a stiff breeze"

  5. starchy, stiff, buckram(adj)

    rigidly formal

    "a starchy manner"; "the letter was stiff and formal"; "his prose has a buckram quality"

  6. potent, strong, stiff(adj)

    having a strong physiological or chemical effect

    "a potent toxin"; "potent liquor"; "a potent cup of tea", "a stiff drink"

  7. firm, steadfast, steady, stiff, unbendable, unfaltering, unshakable, unwavering(adj)

    marked by firm determination or resolution; not shakable

    "firm convictions"; "a firm mouth"; "steadfast resolve"; "a man of unbendable perseverence"; "unwavering loyalty"

  8. rigid, stiff(adj)

    incapable of or resistant to bending

    "a rigid strip of metal"; "a table made of rigid plastic"; "a palace guardsman stiff as a poker"; "stiff hair"; "a stiff neck"

  9. besotted, blind drunk, blotto, crocked, cockeyed, fuddled, loaded, pie-eyed, pissed, pixilated, plastered, slopped, sloshed, smashed, soaked, soused, sozzled, squiffy, stiff, tight, wet(adverb)

    very drunk

  10. stiff(adverb)


    "bored stiff"; "frightened stiff"

  11. stiffly, stiff(adverb)

    in a stiff manner

    "his hands lay stiffly"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. stiff(adjective)ɪf

    ≠ rigid

    a piece of stiff cardboard

  2. stiffɪf

    not able to be moved easily or smoothly

    My ankle is stiff.

  3. stiffɪf

    severe or difficult

    a stiff jail sentence; stiff competition

  4. stiffɪf

    ≠ relaxed

    a stiff man with no sense of humor

  5. stiffɪf

    (of a drink) containing a lot of alcohol

    I needed a stiff drink.

  6. stiffɪf

    (of wind) blowing hard

    a stiff breeze

  7. stiff(adverb)ɪf

    very bored, scared, worried, etc.

    I'm scared stiff of dogs.


  1. stiff(Noun)

    An average person, usually male, of no particular distinction, skill, or education, often a working stiff or lucky stiff.

    A Working Stiff's Manifesto: A Memoir of Thirty Jobs I Quit, Nine That Fired Me, and Three I Can't Remember was published in 2003.

  2. stiff(Noun)

    A person who is deceived, as a mark or pigeon in a swindle.

    She convinced the stiff to go to her hotel room, where her henchman was waiting to rob him.

  3. stiff(Noun)

    A cadaver, a dead person.

  4. stiff(Noun)

    A person who leaves (especially a restaurant) without paying the bill.

  5. stiff(Verb)

    To fail to pay that which one owes (implicitly or explicitly) to another, especially by departing hastily.

    Realizing he had forgotten his wallet, he stiffed the taxi driver when the cab stopped for a red light.

  6. stiff(Adjective)

    Of an object, rigid, hard to bend, inflexible.

  7. stiff(Adjective)

    Of policies and rules and their application and enforcement, inflexible.

  8. stiff(Adjective)

    Of a person, formal in behavior, unrelaxed.

  9. stiff(Adjective)

    Harsh, severe.

    He was eventually caught, and given a stiff fine.

  10. stiff(Adjective)

    Of muscles, or parts of the body, painful, as a result of excessive, or unaccustomed exercise.

    My legs are stiff after climbing that hill yesterday.

  11. stiff(Adjective)


    A stiff drink; a stiff dose; a stiff breeze.

  12. stiff(Adjective)

    dead, deceased.

  13. stiff(Adjective)

    Of a penis, erect.

  14. Origin: stif, from stifaz, from stīpos (compare stipare, from which English stevedore).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Stiff

    not easily bent; not flexible or pliant; not limber or flaccid; rigid; firm; as, stiff wood, paper, joints

  2. Stiff

    not liquid or fluid; thick and tenacious; inspissated; neither soft nor hard; as, the paste is stiff

  3. Stiff

    firm; strong; violent; difficult to oppose; as, a stiff gale or breeze

  4. Stiff

    not easily subdued; unyielding; stubborn; obstinate; pertinacious; as, a stiff adversary

  5. Stiff

    not natural and easy; formal; constrained; affected; starched; as, stiff behavior; a stiff style

  6. Stiff

    harsh; disagreeable; severe; hard to bear

  7. Stiff

    bearing a press of canvas without careening much; as, a stiff vessel; -- opposed to crank

  8. Stiff

    very large, strong, or costly; powerful; as, a stiff charge; a stiff price

British National Corpus

  1. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'stiff' in Adjectives Frequency: #739

Anagrams of stiff

  1. tiffs

Translations for stiff

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


rigid or firm, and not easily bent, folded etc

He has walked with a stiff leg since he injured his knee; stiff cardboard.

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