Definitions for stiffness
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
stiffstɪf(adj.; n.; adv.; v.)stiff•er, stiff•est
(adj.)rigid or firm; difficult or impossible to bend or flex:
a stiff collar.
not moving or working easily.
(of a person or animal) not supple; moving with difficulty, as from cold, age, etc.
strong; forceful; powerful:
strong or potent to the taste or system, as a beverage or medicine.
resolute; firm in purpose; stubborn.
a stiff battle.
rigidly formal, as people or manners.
lacking ease and grace; awkward.
excessively regular or formal, as a design.
laborious or difficult, as a task.
severe or harsh, as a penalty or demand.
excessive; unusually high or great:
a stiff price.
firm from tension; taut.
relatively firm in consistency, as semisolid matter; thick.
dense or compact; not friable:
(of a vessel) having a high resistance to rolling; stable
Category: Nautical, Navy
Ref: (opposed to crank 2 )
(n.)Slang. a dead body; corpse. a formal or priggish person. a poor tipper; tightwad. a drunk. a fellow: a hobo. a laborer:
Category: Status (usage)
(adv.)in or to a firm or rigid state.
completely, intensely, or extremely:
(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
the physical property of being inflexible and hard to bend
the property of moving with pain or difficulty
"he awoke with a painful stiffness in his neck"
firm resoluteness in purpose or opinion or action
"a charming host without any touch of stiffness or pomposity"
awkwardness, clumsiness, gracelessness, stiffness(noun)
the inelegance of someone stiff and unrelaxed (as by embarrassment)
severity, severeness, harshness, rigor, rigour, rigorousness, rigourousness, inclemency, hardness, stiffness(noun)
"severity of character"; "the harshness of his punishment was inhuman"; "the rigors of boot camp"
rigidity or a measure of rigidity
inflexibility or a measure of inflexibility
the quality or state of being stiff; as, the stiffness of cloth or of paste; stiffness of manner; stiffness of character
Translations for stiffness
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
(of a person or his manner etc) formal and unfriendly
I received a stiff note from the bank manager.
- rigidezPortuguese (BR)
- upjatost; ztuhlostCzech
- die SteifheitGerman
- stivhed; unaturlighedDanish
- δυσκολία, δυσκαμψία, ψυχρότητα, τυπικότηταGreek
- حالت خشك و رسميFarsi
- कठोरता, सख्ती, औपचारिकता, कठोरताHindi
- krutost, ukočenostCroatian
- merevség, feszesség, keménységHungarian
- stīvums; formalitāteLatvian
- stivhet; formalitetNorwegian
- uczucie sztywnościPolish
- upätosť; nehybnosťSlovak
- sertlik; soğuklukTurkish
- 僵硬Chinese (Trad.)
- негнучкість; здерев'янілістьUkrainian
- sự cứng, không thân mật, kiên quyếtVietnamese
- 僵硬Chinese (Simp.)
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