adjective, still·er, still·est.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- stiletto heel,
- stilicho, flavius,
- still alarm,
- still and all,
- still frame,
- still hunt,
- still layer
Origin of still1
Examples from the Web for stiller
Kristen Wiig, Sean Penn, Shirley MacLaine, Kathryn Hahn, and Adam Scott star alongside Stiller.Ben Stiller’s ‘The Secret Life of Walter Mitty’ Trailer Released|Rachel Osman|July 30, 2013|DAILY BEAST
On The Tonight Show, Stiller told Leno about the chickens he owns in Hawaii.‘The Tonight Show’ Fight: Howard Stern vs. Jay Leno|The Daily Beast Video|March 20, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The camera pans to Stiller, dressed as a woman, as the words, “Get To Know Your Future Self,” flash on the screen.The Transgender Revolution, From Albert Nobbs to ‘Work It’|Tricia Romano|January 17, 2012|DAILY BEAST
She sat still and stiller and never looked up from some mystery focal spot on the table in front of her.
Thankfully it wasn't—and Stiller's also pleased not to have suffered through an episode with a wayward camera phone.
A shiver passed through Virginia and left her stiller and graver than before.Virginia|Ellen Glasgow
All the stiller that I can, now and then, catch the sound of an axe, and hear the shouts of some children in a garden below.Saunterings|Charles Dudley Warner
Deeper and stiller, the autumnal moon rose to its melancholy noon, and lent its ghastly aid to the glare of the redder lights.Harold, Complete|Edward Bulwer-Lytton
The stiller and deeper current of industrial progress had moved on apace in the United States.The Negro and the Nation|George S. Merriam
I think it will run stiller and stiller year by year, a very quiet, desultorily studious existence.Stevensoniana|Various
- a still photograph, esp of a scene from a motion-picture film
- (as modifier)a still camera
Word Origin for still
Word Origin for still
Old English stille "motionless, stationary," from West Germanic *steljaz (cf. Old Frisian, Middle Low German, Middle Dutch stille, Dutch stil, Old High German stilli, German still), from root *stel- "fixed, not moving, standing" (see stall (n.1)). Meaning "quiet, silent" emerged in later Old English. Euphemistic for "dead" in stillborn, etc. Still small voice is from KJV:
And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the LORD. And, behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the LORD; but the LORD was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the LORD was not in the earthquake: and after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice. [1 Kings 19:11-13]
"distilling apparatus," 1530s, from Middle English stillen "to distill" (c.1300), a variant of distillen (see distill).
"to calm," Old English stillan, from stille "at rest" (see still (adj.)). Cognate with Old Saxon stillian, Old Norse stilla, Dutch, Old High German, German stillen. Related: Stilled; stilling.
"quietness, the silent part," c.1600 (in still of the night), from still (adj.). Meaning "ordinary photo" (as distinguished from a motion picture) is attested from 1916.
"even now, even then, yet" (e.g. still standing there), 1530s, from still (adj.) in the sense "without change or cessation, continual" (c.1300); the sense of "even, yet" (e.g. still more) is from 1730. Used as a conjunction from 1722.
In addition to the idioms beginning with still
- still and all
- still small voice
- still waters run deep
- heart misses a beat (stands still)
- hold still
- jury is still out
- keep quiet (still)
- quiet (still) as a mouse