Definition of "stiff" []

  • Difficult to bend; rigid. (adjective)
  • Not moving or operating easily or freely; resistant: a stiff hinge. (adjective)
  • Lacking ease or comfort of movement; not limber: a stiff neck. (adjective)
  • Drawn tightly; taut. (adjective)
  • Rigidly formal. (adjective)
  • Not easily bent; rigid; inflexible (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Not working or moving easily or smoothly (adjective)
  • Difficult to accept in its severity or harshness (adjective)
  • Moving with pain or difficulty; not supple (adjective)
  • Difficult; arduous (adjective)
  • Unrelaxed or awkward; formal (adjective)
  • Firmer than liquid in consistency; thick or viscous (adjective)
  • Powerful; strong (adjective)
  • Excessively high (adjective)
  • (of a sailing vessel) relatively resistant to heeling or rolling (adjective)
  • Lacking grace or attractiveness (adjective)
  • Stubborn or stubbornly maintained (adjective)
  • Tightly stretched; taut (adjective)
  • Unlucky (adjective)
  • Intoxicated (adjective)
  • A corpse (noun)
  • Anything thought to be a loser or a failure; flop (noun)
  • Completely or utterly (adverb)
  • To fail (verb)
  • To cheat or swindle (verb)
  • To kill (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "stiff" in a sentence
  • "The walls were full of photos in cheap plastic frames: A young boy held a net of frogs, his expression stiff and sorrowful; the same boy stood at the edge of a cliff at sunset with his arms spread open toward the camera."
  • "A flexible bit is one in which the axles have their points of junction broad and smooth,141 so as to bend easily; and where the several parts fitting round the axles, being large of aperture and not too closely packed, have greater flexibility; whereas, if the several parts do not slide to and fro with ease, and play into each other, that is what we call a stiff bit."
  • "Ken, I want to begin with you because you have said time and time again right here on this show that Lindsay needs what you call stiff punishment to really teach her a lesson."