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stiffener

[stif-uh-ner, stif-ner]
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noun
  1. a person or thing that stiffens.
  2. any substance, as starch or buckram, that serves to stiffen fabric.
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Origin of stiffener

First recorded in 1690–1700; stiffen + -er1
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Related Words

backing, cornerstone, footing, buttress, groundwork, rod, back, rest, pole, bed, rampart, rib, timber, foothold, stanchion, lining, bedding, stake, stave, prop

Examples from the Web for stiffener

Historical Examples

  • "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