What does stiff mean?

Definitions for stiff
stɪfstiff

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word stiff.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. stiffnoun

    an ordinary man

    "a lucky stiff"; "a working stiff"

  2. cadaver, corpse, stiff, clay, remainsadjective

    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. stiffadjective

    not moving or operating freely

    "a stiff hinge"

  4. stiffadjective

    powerful

    "a stiff current"; "a stiff breeze"

  5. starchy, stiff, buckramadjective

    rigidly formal

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

  6. potent, strong, stiffadjective

    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, unwaveringadjective

    marked by firm determination or resolution; not shakable

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

  8. rigid, stiffadjective

    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, wetadverb

    very drunk

  10. stiffadverb

    extremely

    "bored stiff"; "frightened stiff"

  11. stiffly, stiffadverb

    in a stiff manner

    "his hands lay stiffly"

Wiktionary

  1. stiffnoun

    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.

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

  2. stiffnoun

    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.

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

  3. stiffnoun

    A cadaver, a dead person.

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

  4. stiffnoun

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

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

  5. stiffverb

    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.

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

  6. stiffadjective

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

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

  7. stiffadjective

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

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

  8. stiffadjective

    Of a person, formal in behavior, unrelaxed.

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

  9. stiffadjective

    Harsh, severe.

    He was eventually caught, and given a stiff fine.

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

  10. stiffadjective

    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.

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

  11. stiffadjective

    potent.

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

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

  12. stiffadjective

    dead, deceased.

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

  13. stiffadjective

    Of a penis, erect.

    Etymology: 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.

Editors Contribution

  1. Stiffverb

    "Screw" or "f*ck"

    I got stiffed.

    Etymology: From street slang. A euphemism for the more vulgar terms, f*cked or screwed, meaning to be treated in an unfair way.

    Submitted by h.r.quick1 on January 14, 2022  

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

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Numerology

  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. Pearson Cross:

    Bill Cassidy is a really stiff, wooden, uncommunicative candidate who is a bad speaker, bill Cassidy's Bill Cassidy.

  2. Anuj Somany:

    There is no stiff competition in a business space regardless of what market news says until all companies therein start hiring and multiplying their sales workforce from top to bottom.

  3. Tiger Woods:

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

  4. Siddharth Astir:

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

  5. Barbara Ehrenreich:

    If men were equally at risk from this condition -- if they knew their bellies might swell as if they were suffering from end-stage cirrhosis, that they would have to go nearly a year without a stiff drink, a cigarette, or even an aspirin, that they would be subject to fainting spells and unable to fight their way onto commuter trains -- then I am sure that pregnancy would be classified as a sexually transmitted disease and abortions would be no more controversial than emergency appendectomies.

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Translations for stiff

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  • трупBulgarian
  • rígid, encarcaratCatalan, Valencian
  • ztuhlýCzech
  • starr, Steifer, Zechpreller, prellen, steifGerman
  • adolorido, tieso, rígido, serio, severo, duro, inflexibleSpanish
  • tehdä oharit, jannu, uhri, kova, hemmo, heebo, kankea, ruumis, jäykkä, heppu, raatoFinnish
  • macchabée, rigideFrench
  • ragScottish Gaelic
  • inflessibile, duro, rigido, severoItalian
  • 払い忘れる, 堅い, カモ, 食い逃げ, 固い, 無銭飲食, 凝る, 硬い, オッサンJapanese
  • stingrs, stings, stīvsLatvian
  • ioioMāori
  • rigide, stijf, inflexibel, stevig, stugDutch
  • sério, severo, rijo, dolorido, duro, hirto, inflexível, rígidoPortuguese
  • a țepuiRomanian
  • лох, суровый, непоколебимый, твёрдый, одеревенелый, труп, жёсткий, непреклонный, негибкий, чопорный, холодный, окостеневший, жмурик, строгийRussian
  • stel, sjappaSwedish
  • cứngVietnamese
  • stifikVolapük

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    applied to a fish depicted horizontally
    • A. naiant
    • B. dicotyledonous
    • C. splay
    • D. bonzer

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