Stiff is defined as a dead body or a person who is very boring or lacking in humor or wit.noun
- 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.verb
- 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.
The definition of stiff is something that is rigid in shape and unbending.adjective
- An example of stiff is a starched white collar.
- An example of stiff are the qualifications to become an Olympic athlete.
- 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: ME stif < OE, akin to Ger steif < IE *stip-, a pole, stick together (var. of base *steib(h)-, rod) > L 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
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adjective stiff·er, stiff·est
- Difficult to bend; rigid.
- a. Not moving or operating easily or freely; resistant: a stiff hinge.b. Lacking ease or comfort of movement; not limber: a stiff neck.
- Drawn tightly; taut.
- a. Rigidly formal.b. Lacking ease or grace.
- Not liquid, loose, or fluid; thick: stiff dough.
- Firm, as in purpose; resolute.
- Having a strong, swift, steady force or movement: a stiff current; a stiff breeze.
- Potent or strong: a stiff drink.
- Difficult, laborious, or arduous: a stiff hike; a stiff examination.
- Difficult to comprehend or accept; harsh or severe: a stiff penalty.
- Excessively high: 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.
- 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: Middle English, from Old English stīf.
- stiffˈish adjective
- stiffˈly adverb
- stiffˈness noun