- to make stiff.
- to become stiff.
- to become suddenly tense, rigid, or taut, as in bracing oneself for or drawing back from shock, fear, or displeasure: He stiffened, expecting to hear the worst.
Origin of stiffen
Related Words for stiffensstrengthen, reinforce, solidify, stabilize, thicken, set, freeze, clot, prop, petrify, jell, inspissate, fix, condense, ossify, tauten, congeal, precipitate, inflate, anneal
Examples from the Web for stiffens
Historical Examples of stiffens
He stiffens up that old monkey of a Malay, who knows well enough what to do.End of the Tether
The body is rocked from side to side for a short time, and then it stiffens.The Outline of Science, Vol. 1 (of 4)
J. Arthur Thomson
First off Stanley stiffens up like he was goin' to be peeved.Torchy As A Pa
Sandy-hued Mistress Sadler stiffens and bridles at the question.A Warwickshire Lad
George Madden Martin
If it weren't for him, we'd have an easier fight; he stiffens up the others.The Dwelling Place of Light, Complete
- to make or become stiff or stiffer
- (intr) to become suddenly tense or unyielding