adjective, stiff·er, stiff·est.
- a dead body; corpse.
- a formal or priggish person.
- a poor tipper; tightwad.
- a drunk.
- a fellow: lucky stiff; poor stiff.
- a tramp; hobo.
- a laborer.
- a forged check.
- a promissory note or bill of exchange.
- a letter or note, especially if secret or smuggled.
verb (used with object)
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The new law will require shell companies to provide the names of their owners or face stiff penalties and jail sentences.House Oversight Committee chairwoman requests FBI probe of Parler, including its role in Capitol siege|Tom Hamburger, Craig Timberg|January 22, 2021|Washington Post
Opt to power such skis with a stiffer freetour boot, and you might be able to squeeze out a bit more downhill performance.
The controversy over trigger pointsYou may refer to them as knots, but those tender, stiff, and often painful areas you most likely have on your shoulders, neck, and back are technically known as trigger points.
For the first time, shell companies will be required to provide the names of their owners or face stiff penalties and jail sentences.A quietly passed law cracks down on shell companies to combat corruption|Rachel Schallom|January 10, 2021|Fortune
Social video platforms’ contest for creatorsIn the same way that Netflix faces its stiffest competition yet in 2021, so does YouTube.Here are the five major forces and trends that will shape the future of TV in 2021|Tim Peterson|January 6, 2021|Digiday
Ney said McDonnell needs to “keep a stiff lip” and stay in close contact with family members.Abramoff’s Advice for Virginia’s New Jailhouse Guv|Tim Mak, Jackie Kucinich|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Her pallid young face, brow sweating with fear and pain, yet resolute and stiff with sorrow, makes you want to cry.
FDR wanted to project easy grace rather than stiff formality—especially when communicating complicated matters.
Perhaps, though, it is best that the big awful secret remains hidden from the public, out of Working Stiff and everywhere else.
He is in his late forties; intelligent, people say, but stiff and restrained, an eternal bachelor.Adam Hochschild on Keeping Company With His Dying Father|Adam Hochschild|June 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But there was a breeze blowing, a choppy, stiff wind that whipped the water into froth.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories|Kate Chopin
MacRae's heels clicked together and his right hand went up in the stiff military salute.
I kept a stiff backbone for a while, but presently a futile rage against circumstances bubbled up and boiled over.
He braced himself unconsciously, and after Zeal's next words did not relax his body, although his lips turned white and stiff.Ancestors|Gertrude Atherton
If he had cut her, he would have shown less contempt than in that stiff raising of the hat.Rosemary in Search of a Father|C. N. Williamson
British Dictionary definitions for stiff
Derived forms of stiffstiffish, adjectivestiffly, adverbstiffness, noun
Word Origin for stiff
Idioms and Phrases with stiff
In addition to the idioms beginning with stiff
- stiff as a board
- stiff upper lip
- bore to death (stiff)
- keep a stiff upper lip
- scare out of one's wits (stiff)