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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

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

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

My father made me who I am. He gave me a basketball and told me to play with the ball, sleep with the ball, dream with the ball. Just don't take it to school. I used it as a pillow, and it never gave me a stiff neck.
Shaquille O'Neal

The first thing that matters: I am a child of the eighties. I grew up in a neon wonderland of talking horses, compassionate bears, hair that didn't move in a stiff wind, and the constant threat of nuclear war.
Seanan McGuire
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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
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