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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Example sentences from the Web for stiff
My friend Tim LeBon, a London-based cognitive behavioral therapist and author, has done research on this to fight back against the “stiff upper lip” understanding of Stoicism.
The Independent faces stiff competition in establishing itself as a recognized global news brand to compete with the likes of The New York Times or The Guardian, said media analyst Ian Whittaker.‘Scale with great context’: The Independent eyes global expansion|Lara O'Reilly|October 26, 2020|Digiday
Those connections are stiff and resist bending under pressure.The diabolical ironclad beetle can survive getting run over by a car. Here’s how|Maria Temming|October 21, 2020|Science News
Hand-knee crawling also gently engages your hips and shoulders, which tend to get stiff from sitting for long periods of time.Pocket This Anti-Stress Routine for Difficult Days|Lauren Bedosky|October 20, 2020|Outside Online
In fact, if you want a stiffer challenge, try doing this puzzle entirely in your head.Celebrating the Playful Magic of John Horton Conway|Pradeep Mutalik|October 15, 2020|Quanta Magazine
And—to judge by the guy in a suit with an earpiece standing stiffly in the hotel lobby—Commissioner has a security detail of one.Up to a Point: The U.S. Government’s Minimum Wage Is $430 Million Per Hour|P. J. O’Rourke|March 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Abed, seemingly exhausted from translating, stood stiffly and went to use the bathroom.
There were intermediates too—like at Stella McCartney, where a sweater dress stiffly jutted from a clean-cut ensemble.Louis Vuitton, Lanvin, Marc Jacobs: Big Hips on the Runway|Misty White Sidell|March 12, 2012|DAILY BEAST
But Sarkozy looked haggard when he stiffly walked out of the hospital Monday afternoon in his ubiquitous dark suit.
The plain furniture was stiffly arranged, and there was no litter of clothing or small feminine belongings.Rosemary in Search of a Father|C. N. Williamson
He drew himself up more stiffly than before, as he declined the offer.
He bowed a trifle stiffly, and was surprised to have his bow returned with a graciousness that amounted almost to cordiality.St. Martin's Summer|Rafael Sabatini
The Frenchman's blade scintillated in the setting sun around Haggard's more stiffly held weapon.
Zeal, who was sitting stiffly forward, his hands gripping the arms of his chair, laughed dryly.Ancestors|Gertrude Atherton
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)