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Meaning & Definition of Stiff in English

English

Stiff

/stɪf/

noun

1. An ordinary man

  • "A lucky stiff"
  • "A working stiff"
    synonym:
  • stiff

2. The dead body of a human being

  • "The cadaver was intended for dissection"
  • "The end of the police search was the discovery of a corpse"
  • "The murderer confessed that he threw the stiff in the river"
  • "Honor comes to bless the turf that wraps their clay"
    synonym:
  • cadaver
  • ,
  • corpse
  • ,
  • stiff
  • ,
  • clay
  • ,
  • remains

adjective

1. Not moving or operating freely

  • "A stiff hinge"
    synonym:
  • stiff

2. Powerful

  • "A stiff current"
  • "A stiff breeze"
    synonym:
  • stiff

3. Rigidly formal

  • "A starchy manner"
  • "The letter was stiff and formal"
  • "His prose has a buckram quality"
    synonym:
  • starchy
  • ,
  • stiff
  • ,
  • buckram

4. Having a strong physiological or chemical effect

  • "A potent toxin"
  • "Potent liquor"
  • "A potent cup of tea", "a stiff drink"
    synonym:
  • potent
  • ,
  • strong
  • ,
  • stiff

5. Marked by firm determination or resolution

  • Not shakable
  • "Firm convictions"
  • "A firm mouth"
  • "Steadfast resolve"
  • "A man of unbendable perseverence"
  • "Unwavering loyalty"
    synonym:
  • firm
  • ,
  • steadfast
  • ,
  • steady
  • ,
  • stiff
  • ,
  • unbendable
  • ,
  • unfaltering
  • ,
  • unshakable
  • ,
  • unwavering

6. Incapable of or resistant to bending

  • "A rigid strip of metal"
  • "A table made of rigid plastic"
  • "A palace guardsman stiff as a poker"
  • "Stiff hair"
  • "A stiff neck"
    synonym:
  • rigid
  • ,
  • stiff

7. Very drunk

    synonym:
  • besotted
  • ,
  • blind drunk
  • ,
  • blotto
  • ,
  • crocked
  • ,
  • cockeyed
  • ,
  • fuddled
  • ,
  • loaded
  • ,
  • pie-eyed
  • ,
  • pissed
  • ,
  • pixilated
  • ,
  • plastered
  • ,
  • slopped
  • ,
  • sloshed
  • ,
  • smashed
  • ,
  • soaked
  • ,
  • soused
  • ,
  • sozzled
  • ,
  • squiffy
  • ,
  • stiff
  • ,
  • tight
  • ,
  • wet

adverb

1. Extremely

  • "Bored stiff"
  • "Frightened stiff"
    synonym:
  • stiff

2. In a stiff manner

  • "His hands lay stiffly"
    synonym:
  • stiffly
  • ,
  • stiff

Examples of using

I walked till my legs got stiff.
Shoes are stiff when they are new.