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Definition of 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.
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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