adjective, stiffer, stiffest.
rigid or firm; difficult or impossible to bend or flex:
a stiff collar.
not moving or working easily:
The motor was a little stiff from the cold weather.
(of a person or animal) not supple; moving with difficulty, as from cold, age, exhaustion, or injury.
strong; forceful; powerful:
stiff winds; The fighter threw a stiff right to his opponent’s jaw.
strong or potent to the taste or system, as a beverage or medicine:
He was cold and wanted a good stiff drink.
resolute; firm in purpose; unyielding; stubborn.
a stiff battle.
firm against any tendency to decrease, as stock-market prices.
rigidly formal; cold and unfriendly, as people, manners, or proceedings.
lacking ease and grace; awkward:
a stiff style of writing.
excessively regular or formal, as a design; not graceful in form or arrangement.
laborious or difficult, as a task.
severe or harsh, as a penalty or demand.
excessive; unusually high or great:
$50 is pretty stiff to pay for that.
firm from tension; taut:
to keep a stiff rein.
relatively firm in consistency, as semisolid matter; thick:
a stiff jelly; a stiff batter.
dense or compact; not friable:
Nautical. (of a vessel) having a high resistance to rolling; stable (opposed to crank2. ).
Scot. and North England. sturdy, stout, or strongly built.
Australian Slang. out of luck; unfortunate.
a dead body; corpse.
a formal or priggish person.
a poor tipper; tightwad.
lucky stiff; poor stiff.
a tramp; hobo.
a forged check.
a promissory note or bill of exchange.
a letter or note, especially if secret or smuggled.
Slang. a contestant, especially a racehorse, sure to lose.
in or to a firm or rigid state:
The wet shirt was frozen stiff.
completely, intensely, or extremely:
I’m bored stiff by these lectures. We’re scared stiff.
verb (used with object)
Slang. to fail or refuse to tip (a waiter, porter, etc.).
Slang. to cheat; gyp; do out of:
The company stiffed me out of a week’s pay.
not easily bent; rigid; inflexible
not working or moving easily or smoothly: a stiff handle
difficult to accept in its severity or harshness: a stiff punishment
moving with pain or difficulty; not supple: a stiff neck
difficult; arduous: a stiff climb
unrelaxed or awkward; formal
firmer than liquid in consistency; thick or viscous
powerful; strong: a stiff breeze, a stiff drink
excessively high: a stiff price
(nautical) (of a sailing vessel) relatively resistant to heeling or rolling Compare tender1 (sense 11)
lacking grace or attractiveness
stubborn or stubbornly maintained: a stiff fight
(obsolete) tightly stretched; taut
(slang, mainly Austral) unlucky
stiff upper lip, See lip (sense 9)
(informal) stiff with, amply provided with
(slang) a corpse
(slang) anything thought to be a loser or a failure; flop
completely or utterly: bored stiff, frozen stiff
(intransitive) (slang) to fail: the film stiffed
(transitive) (slang, mainly US) to cheat or swindle
(transitive) (slang) to kill
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: […]
- Stiff upper lip
sticky wicket stiff upper lip see: keep a stiff upper lip
noun (pl) -fies 1. (slang) an erection of the penis stiffy storage, jargon (University of Lowell, Massachusetts) A 3.5-inch microfloppy, so called because their jackets are more rigid than those of the 5.25-inch and the (obsolete) 8-inch floppy disk. Elsewhere this might be called a “firmy”. [Jargon File] (1994-11-03)
verb (used with object), stifled, stifling. 1. to quell, crush, or end by force: to stifle a revolt; to stifle free expression. 2. to suppress, curb, or withhold: to stifle a yawn. 3. to kill by impeding respiration; smother. verb (used without object), stifled, stifling. 4. to suffer from difficulty in breathing, as in a […]