What does stiff mean?

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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"


  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

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Stiff

    stif, adj. not easily bent: rigid: not liquid: rather hard than soft: not easily overcome: obstinate: not natural and easy: constrained: formal: hard to overcome, difficult: firm, of prices, &c.: dead, rigid in death: (naut.) keeping upright.—n. (slang) a corpse: negotiable paper: forged paper.—v.t. Stiff′en, to make stiff.—v.i. to become stiff: to become less impressible or more obstinate.—ns. Stiff′ener, one who, or that which, stiffens; Stiff′ening, something used to make a substance more stiff.—adj. Stiff′-heart′ed (B.), obstinate, stubborn.—adv. Stiff′ly.—n. Stiff′-neck, cervical myalgia, true torticollis.—adj. Stiff′-necked, obstinate, hard to move.—ns. Stiff′-neck′edness; Stiff′ness.—Do a bit of stiff, to accept or discount a bill. [A.S. stíf, stiff; Dut. stijf, Dan. stiv.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. stiff

    Stable or steady; the opposite to crank; a quality by which a ship stands up to her canvas, and carries enough sail without heeling over too much.

British National Corpus

  1. Adjectives Frequency

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of stiff in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of stiff in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of stiff in a Sentence

  1. Shenqiang Ren:

    The material is stiff, strong and tough.

  2. Shiloh Shahan:

    I was still able to walk around. I was just stiff.

  3. Phoebe Cary:

    And though hard be the task, 'Keep a stiff upper lip'.

  4. Siddharth Astir:

    In a stiff competition.... the beneficiary is always a third person!!!!

  5. Tiger Woods:

    It's still a little bit stiff, but that's just the way it's going to be.

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Translations for stiff

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • трупBulgarian
  • encarcarat, rígidCatalan, Valencian
  • ztuhlýCzech
  • steif, Steifer, starr, Zechpreller, prellenGerman
  • adolorido, tieso, rígido, severo, duro, inflexible, serioSpanish
  • jäykkä, raato, kankea, kova, hemmo, heebo, jannu, uhri, tehdä oharit, ruumis, heppuFinnish
  • rigide, macchabéeFrench
  • ragScottish Gaelic
  • inflessibile, rigido, severo, duroItalian
  • 凝る, オッサン, カモ, 食い逃げ, 無銭飲食, 払い忘れる, 堅い, 固い, 硬いJapanese
  • stingrs, stīvs, stingsLatvian
  • ioioMāori
  • stug, stijf, rigide, stevig, inflexibelDutch
  • duro, rígido, sério, rijo, severo, inflexível, hirto, doloridoPortuguese
  • a țepuiRomanian
  • непоколебимый, твёрдый, труп, жёсткий, непреклонный, негибкий, чопорный, окостеневший, лох, строгий, жмурик, холодный, одеревенелый, суровыйRussian
  • sjappa, stelSwedish
  • cứngVietnamese
  • stifikVolapük

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