Henry William, 1729–85, German iron and glass manufacturer in America.
noun, plural sties. 1. a pen or enclosure for swine; pigpen. 2. any filthy place or abode. 3. a place of bestial debauchery. verb (used with object), stied, stying. 4. to keep or lodge in or as if in a sty. verb (used without object), stied, stying. 5. to live in or as if in […]
adjective, stiffer, stiffest. 1. rigid or firm; difficult or impossible to bend or flex: a stiff collar. 2. not moving or working easily: The motor was a little stiff from the cold weather. 3. (of a person or animal) not supple; moving with difficulty, as from cold, age, exhaustion, or injury. 4. strong; forceful; powerful: […]
verb (used with object), noun 1. straight-arm.
- Stiff as a board
Also, stiff as a poker. Inflexible, rigidly formal, unbending, as in This cloth is stiff as a board; what happened to it? or There he stood, stiff as a poker, unwilling to give an inch. The board in the first simile for rigidity is a slab of wood; the second, alluding to the iron implement […]