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
Byrnes and his collaborators have found that the thin patagium is rich in muscles, and some parts are stiffer than others.On a cool night in Malaysia, scientists track mysterious colugos across the treetops|Yao-Hua Law|November 20, 2020|Science News
Maps is another place where Apple’s got some pretty stiff competition from Google.
Colman keeps a stiff upper lip, even as the role begins to shift out from under her.The Charles and Diana saga weighs heavy on ‘The Crown,’ but Gillian Anderson’s Thatcher is a triumph|Hank Stuever|November 12, 2020|Washington Post
By this April, SoftBank admitted that it was on track to take stiff losses from its Vision Fund portfolio, which, when combined with other investing losses, pushed the company into a rare loss for the year.How SoftBank’s Vision Fund turned losses into gold this summer|Alex Wilhelm|November 12, 2020|TechCrunch
There’s an old Polish woman, for instance, whose stiff, territorial energy I can feel whenever I show up to Gaston Park the day after a rain.
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 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)