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Definition of Stiff

Stiff

  1. Not easily bent; not flexible or pliant; not limber or flaccid; rigid; firm; as, stiff wood, paper, joints.
  2. Not liquid or fluid; thick and tenacious; inspissated; neither soft nor hard; as, the paste is stiff.
  3. Firm; strong; violent; difficult to oppose; as, a stiff gale or breeze.
  4. Not easily subdued; unyielding; stubborn; obstinate; pertinacious; as, a stiff adversary.
  5. Not natural and easy; formal; constrained; affected; starched; as, stiff behavior; a stiff style.
  6. Harsh; disagreeable; severe; hard to bear.
  7. Bearing a press of canvas without careening much; as, a stiff vessel; -- opposed to crank.
  8. Very large, strong, or costly; powerful; as, a stiff charge; a stiff price.

Stiff Quotations

A stiff apology is a second insult... The injured party does not want to be compensated because he has been wronged; he wants to be healed because he has been hurt.
Gilbert K. Chesterton

When you are full of pride on the inside, it makes you stiff, stubborn, and creates strife with others.
John C. Maxwell

Time, which runs through the world like an endless tinsel thread, seemed to pass through the centre of this room and through the centre of these people and suddenly to pause and petrify, stiff, still and glittering... and the objects in the room drew a little closer together.
Robert Musil

If you have a reputation as a big, stiff bureaucracy, you're stuck.
Jack Welch

Trouble has no necessary connection with discouragement. Discouragement has a germ of its own, as different from trouble as arthritis is different from a stiff joint.
F. Scott Fitzgerald
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Stiff Translations

stiff in Danish is stiv
stiff in Dutch is afgemeten, plechtig, ceremonieel
stiff in Finnish is kankea
stiff in French is rigide, gourd
stiff in German is steif, starr, hart
stiff in Italian is rigido
stiff in Portuguese is duro
stiff in Spanish is rigido, tieso
stiff in Swedish is styv, stel, stram