Stiff meaning

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Difficult to bend or fold.

Stiff new shoes; a stiff collar.

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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.

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To fail to leave a tip for.
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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.

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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.

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Firm, as in purpose; resolute.

Stiff in their opposition.

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Potent or strong.

A stiff drink.

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Not liquid, loose, or fluid; thick.

Stiff dough.

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Having a strong, swift, steady force or movement.

A stiff current; a stiff breeze.

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In a stiff manner.

Frozen stiff.

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To a complete extent; totally.

Bored stiff.

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A corpse.
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A person regarded as constrained, priggish, or overly formal.
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A drunk.
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A person.

A lucky stiff; just an ordinary working stiff.

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A hobo; a tramp.
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A person who tips poorly.
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To tip (someone) inadequately or not at all, as for a service rendered.

Paid the dinner check but stiffed the waiter.

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Hard to bend or stretch; rigid; firm; not flexible or pliant.
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Hard to move or operate; not free or limber.
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Stretched tight; taut; tense.
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Not fluid or loose; viscous; thick; dense; firm.

To beat egg whites until stiff.

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Strong.
  • Moving swiftly, as a breeze or current.
  • Containing much alcohol.
  • Of high potency.
    A stiff dose of medicine.
  • Done or delivered with great force; powerful.
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Harsh.

Stiff punishment.

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Difficult to do or deal with.

A stiff climb, stiff competition.

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Excessively formal, constrained, or awkward; not easy, natural, or graceful.
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Resolute, stubborn, or uncompromising, as a person, a fight, etc.
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High or excessive.

A stiff price.

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Drunk; intoxicated.
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Not tending to lean or tilt to one side even in strong winds or when carrying much sail.
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To a stiff condition.
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Completely; thoroughly.

Scared stiff.

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A corpse.
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A drunken person.
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An excessively formal or constrained person.
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An awkward or rough person.
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A hobo.
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A man.

A working stiff.

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A person who gives a small tip or no gratuity at all.
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To cheat (someone), as by not paying.
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Of an object, rigid, hard to bend, inflexible.
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(figuratively) Of policies and rules and their application and enforcement, inflexible.
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Of a person, formal in behavior, unrelaxed.
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(colloquial) Harsh, severe.

He was eventually caught, and given a stiff fine.

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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.

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A stiff drink; a stiff dose; a stiff breeze.

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Of a penis, erect.
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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.

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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.

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(slang) A cadaver, a dead person.
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(US) A person who leaves (especially a restaurant) without paying the bill.
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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.

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Not heeling over much in spite of great wind or the press of the sail.
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Origin of stiff

  • Middle English from Old English stīf

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Old English stÄ«f, from Proto-Germanic *stÄ«faz (compare Dutch stijf, German steif), from Proto-Indo-European *stÄ«pos (compare Latin stipare, from which English stevedore).

    From Wiktionary