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Meaning & Definition of Stiffness in English

English

Stiffness

/stɪfnəs/

noun

1. The physical property of being inflexible and hard to bend

    synonym:
  • stiffness

2. The property of moving with pain or difficulty

  • "He awoke with a painful stiffness in his neck"
    synonym:
  • stiffness

3. Firm resoluteness in purpose or opinion or action

  • "A charming host without any touch of stiffness or pomposity"
    synonym:
  • stiffness

4. The inelegance of someone stiff and unrelaxed (as by embarrassment)

    synonym:
  • awkwardness
  • ,
  • clumsiness
  • ,
  • gracelessness
  • ,
  • stiffness

5. Excessive sternness

  • "Severity of character"
  • "The harshness of his punishment was inhuman"
  • "The rigors of boot camp"
    synonym:
  • severity
  • ,
  • severeness
  • ,
  • harshness
  • ,
  • rigor
  • ,
  • rigour
  • ,
  • rigorousness
  • ,
  • rigourousness
  • ,
  • inclemency
  • ,
  • hardness
  • ,
  • stiffness