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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Origin of stiff
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Example sentences from the Web for stiff
After the U.S., China and other world powers imposed stiffer sanctions on Iran in 2009, Li “went underground.”
All told, Obama faces a challenge stiffer than passing health care.
Black women receive stiffer and longer punishment than white women for drug-related offenses as well.
Stiffer corporate income tax: This one I imagine Democrats would like to do.
The longer you cook a cranberry sauce, the more pectin is released and liquid is evaporated, and the stiffer the result will be.
The loose black volcanic earth (terra pulla) was easier to work than the stiffer Roman soil, and gave three or four crops a year.
But jest this afternoon they gut ketched by the frost, an' now there they be stiffer'n stakes.
Season with salt, pepper, and butter, and add sufficient milk to make a paste that is a trifle stiffer than for mashed potatoes.Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 3|Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
A good plan is to allow it to become very cold, for then it will be much stiffer and may be handled more easily.Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 4|Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
He was a genuine eighteenth-century exquisite, rather stiffer than the French, maybe, but completely in the spirit.Sea and Sardinia|D. H. Lawrence
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)