- 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 careening or heeling over much despite the amount of sail carried or the strength of the wind
Origin of stiffMiddle English stif ; from Old English 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
- 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 stiffed, 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)
- To fail to pay that which one owes (implicitly or explicitly) to another, especially by departing hastily.
- Realizing he had forgotten his wallet, he stiffed the taxi driver when the cab stopped for a red light.