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 stiffness
Early signs are often movement-related, including tremors, stiffness, and problems with walking.The Burden Robin Williams Carried: Diagnosed With Parkinson’s and Depression|Dr. Anand Veeravagu, MD, Tej Azad|August 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Some senior Whitehall sources believed that there was an early “stiffness” between the Queen and Mrs. Thatcher.Margaret Thatcher and Queen Elizabeth’s Complicated Relationship|Andrew Marr|April 8, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Your miner friends notice the stiffness of your walk and chaff you about it.
But after a few minutes with him, you notice the stiffness and formality are gone.
"There is no stiffness about the immortals," laughed the Sun-god.The Enchanted Castle|E. Nesbit
He does not ask to have his boots laced up nor complain of their stiffness.A Poor Man's House|Stephen Sydney Reynolds
My hand shook so, owing to the stiffness of my night-cap last night before I went to roost.Tales of the Wonder Club, Volume II|Alexander Huth
Hungerford rose with the stiffness of the night, and coming to Stover, took him by the shoulders.Stover at Yale|Owen Johnson
Sometimes the bodies of people who are struck are as stiff as iron and retain their stiffness.Thunder and Lightning|Camille Flammarion
British Dictionary definitions for stiffness
Derived Formsstiffish, adjectivestiffly, adverbstiffness, noun
Word Origin for stiff
Idioms and Phrases with stiffness
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)