- The definition of stiff is something that is rigid in shape and unbending.
- An example of stiff is a starched white collar.
- An example of stiff are the qualifications to become an Olympic athlete.
- Stiff is defined as a dead body or a person who is very boring or lacking in humor or wit.
- An example of a stiff is the boring guy at the party who never has anything to say.
- An example of a stiff is a corpse.
- To stiff is to fail to give someone the time promised or the money to which they are entitled.
- An example of stiff is when you don't show up at the mall at 2:00 to meet your friend like you promised.
- An example of stiff is when you never pay your friend the $10 you owe her.
- hard to bend or stretch; rigid; firm; not flexible or pliant
- hard to move or operate; not free or limber
- stretched tight; taut; tense
- sore or limited in movement: said of joints and muscles
- having such joints or muscles, as from exertion, cold, etc.
- not fluid or loose; viscous; thick; dense; firm: to beat egg whites until stiff
- strong; specif.,
- moving swiftly, as a breeze or current
- containing much alcohol: said of a drink
- of high potency: a stiff dose of medicine
- done or delivered with great force; powerful
- harsh: stiff punishment
- difficult to do or deal with: a stiff climb, stiff competition
- excessively formal, constrained, or awkward; not easy, natural, or graceful
- resolute, stubborn, or uncompromising, as a person, a fight, etc.
- Informal high or excessive: a stiff price
- Slang drunk; intoxicated
- Naut. not tending to lean or tilt to one side even in strong winds or when carrying much sail
Origin of stiffMiddle English stif from OE, akin to German steif from Indo-European an unverified form stip-, a pole, stick together (var. of base an unverified form steib(h)-, rod) from source Classical Latin stipes, stem, stake, log, stipare, to crowd, cram
- to a stiff condition
- Informal completely; thoroughly: scared stiff
- a corpse
- a drunken person
- an excessively formal or constrained person
- an awkward or rough person
- a hobo
- a man: a working stiff
- a person who gives a small tip or no gratuity at all
transitive verbstiffed, stiff′ing
- to cheat (someone), as by not paying
- to fail to leave a tip for
- Difficult to bend or fold: stiff new shoes; a stiff collar.
- a. Not moving or operating easily or freely; resistant: a stiff hinge.b. Lacking ease or comfort of movement; not limber: a stiff neck.
- Not liquid, loose, or fluid; thick: stiff dough.
- a. Reserved in manner or strict in observing decorum: a stiff commanding officer.b. Lacking grace or easy charm; very formal: a stiff writing style.
- Firm, as in purpose; resolute: stiff in their opposition.
- Having a strong, swift, steady force or movement: a stiff current; a stiff breeze.
- Potent or strong: a stiff drink.
- a. Difficult to deal with, do, or meet: stiff requirements for admission; a stiff examination.b. Harsh or severe: a stiff penalty.c. Excessively high or onerous: a stiff price.
- Nautical Not heeling over much in spite of great wind or the press of the sail.
- In a stiff manner: frozen stiff.
- To a complete extent; totally: bored stiff.
- A corpse.
- A person regarded as constrained, priggish, or overly formal.
- A drunk.
- A person: a lucky stiff; just an ordinary working stiff.
- A hobo; a tramp.
- A person who tips poorly.
transitive verbstiffed, stiff·ing, stiffs Slang
- To tip (someone) inadequately or not at all, as for a service rendered: paid the dinner check but stiffed the waiter.
- a. To cheat (someone) of something owed: My roommate stiffed me out of last month's rent.b. To fail to give or supply (something expected or promised).
Origin of stiffMiddle English from Old English stīf
(comparative stiffer, superlative stiffest)
- Of an object, rigid, hard to bend, inflexible.
- (figuratively) Of policies and rules and their application and enforcement, inflexible.
- Of a person, formal in behavior, unrelaxed.
- (colloquial) Harsh, severe.
- He was eventually caught, and given a stiff fine.
- Of muscles, or parts of the body, painful, as a result of excessive, or unaccustomed exercise.
- My legs are stiff after climbing that hill yesterday.
- A stiff drink; a stiff dose; a stiff breeze.
- dead, deceased.
- Of a penis, erect.
- An average person, usually male, of no particular distinction, skill, or education, often a working stiff or lucky stiff.
- A Working Stiff's Manifesto: A Memoir of Thirty Jobs I Quit, Nine That Fired Me, and Three I Can't Remember was published in 2003.
- A person who is deceived, as a mark or pigeon in a swindle.
- She convinced the stiff to go to her hotel room, where her henchman was waiting to rob him.
- (slang) A cadaver, a dead person.
- (US) A person who leaves (especially a restaurant) without paying the bill.
(third-person singular simple present stiffs, present participle stiffing, simple past and past participle stiffed)