[stif-uh-ner, stif-ner]


a person or thing that stiffens.
any substance, as starch or buckram, that serves to stiffen fabric.

Origin of stiffener

First recorded in 1690–1700; stiffen + -er1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for stiffener

Historical Examples of stiffener

  • "Weel, that is a stiffener," he said, drawing a long breath.

    A Son of Hagar

    Sir Hall Caine

  • I say, Lane, fetch me a nobbler of brandy; a stiffener, mind.

    The Book of the Bush

    George Dunderdale

  • Another draught, Anthony; a stiffener to thy courage, mayhap.

  • The fact is, my head is so heavy, that it rolls about on my shoulders; and I must have a stiffener down my throat to prop it up.

    Olla Podrida

    Frederick Marryat

  • Lane fetched the stiffener in a soda-water bottle, and it cleared the legal atmosphere.

    The Book of the Bush

    George Dunderdale