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)
Origin of stiff
Examples from the Web for stiffly
But Sarkozy looked haggard when he stiffly walked out of the hospital Monday afternoon in his ubiquitous dark suit.
In French they greeted each other stiffly, like distant acquaintances, and the train thundered past.The Lion's Share|E. Arnold Bennett
"I am afraid your friend Miss Weston is romantic," he said stiffly.The Honorable Percival|Alice Hegan Rice
The thing was so stiffly rigid by this time, and its eyes still stared so.A Lady of Quality|Frances Hodgson Burnett
British Dictionary definitions for stiffly
Derived Formsstiffish, adjectivestiffly, adverbstiffness, noun
Word Origin for stiff
Idioms and Phrases with stiffly
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)