Definitions for stiffness

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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. stiffness(noun)

    the physical property of being inflexible and hard to bend

  2. stiffness(noun)

    the property of moving with pain or difficulty

    "he awoke with a painful stiffness in his neck"

  3. stiffness(noun)

    firm resoluteness in purpose or opinion or action

    "a charming host without any touch of stiffness or pomposity"

  4. awkwardness, clumsiness, gracelessness, stiffness(noun)

    the inelegance of someone stiff and unrelaxed (as by embarrassment)

  5. severity, severeness, harshness, rigor, rigour, rigorousness, rigourousness, inclemency, hardness, stiffness(noun)

    excessive sternness

    "severity of character"; "the harshness of his punishment was inhuman"; "the rigors of boot camp"


  1. stiffness(Noun)

    rigidity or a measure of rigidity

  2. stiffness(Noun)

    inflexibility or a measure of inflexibility

Webster Dictionary

  1. Stiffness(noun)

    the quality or state of being stiff; as, the stiffness of cloth or of paste; stiffness of manner; stiffness of character


  1. Stiffness

    Stiffness is the rigidity of an object — the extent to which it resists deformation in response to an applied force. The complementary concept is flexibility or pliability: the more flexible an object is, the less stiff it is.

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