stiff

  • 1 stiff´ly — stiff «stihf», adjective, adverb, noun, verb. –adj. 1. not easily bent; fixed; rigid: »a stiff brush. He wore a stiff collar. 2. hard to move: »a stiff gear. The old hinges on the barn door are stiff. 3. not able to move easily: »a stiff neck.… …

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  • 2 Stiff — Stiff, a. [Compar. {Stiffer}; superl. {Stiffest}.] [OE. stif, AS. st[=i]f; akin to D. stijf, G. steif, Dan. stiv, Sw. styf, Icel. st[=i]fr, Lith. stipti to be stiff; cf. L. stipes a post, trunk of a tree, stipare to press, compress. Cf. {Costive} …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 Stiff — may refer to:*Stiffness, a material s resistance to bending *Stiff differential equation, an equation that exhibits behaviour at two widely different scales (the differential equations describing stiff materials are stiff differential equations)… …

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  • 4 stiff — [stɪf] verb [transitive] informal to not pay someone money that you owe them or that they expect to be given, for example by not leaving a tip in a restaurant see also working stiff * * * Ⅰ. stiff UK US /stɪf/ adjective ► …

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  • 5 stiff — [stif] adj. [ME stif < OE, akin to Ger steif < IE * stip , a pole, stick together (var. of base * steib(h) , rod) > L stipes, stem, stake, log, stipare, to crowd, cram] 1. hard to bend or stretch; rigid; firm; not flexible or pliant 2.… …

    English World dictionary

  • 6 Stiff — bezeichnet: Stiff Records, ein britisches Independent Label Stiff Little Fingers, eine Punkband aus Belfast Stiff man Syndrom, eine neurologische Krankheit Stiff Upper Lip, ein Albumtitel von AC/DC Stiff ist der Familienname folgender Person:… …

    Deutsch Wikipedia

  • 7 stiff — stiff; stiff·en; stiff·en·er; stiff·ish; stiff·ly; stiff·ness; …

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  • 8 stiff — [adj1] hard, inflexible annealed, arthritic, benumbed, brittle, buckram, cemented, chilled, congealed, contracted, creaky, firm, fixed, frozen, graceless, hardened, immalleable, impliable, incompliant, indurate, inelastic, jelled, mechanical,… …

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  • 9 stiff — ► ADJECTIVE 1) not easily bent; rigid. 2) not moving freely; difficult to turn or operate. 3) unable to move easily and without pain. 4) not relaxed or friendly; constrained. 5) severe or strong: stiff fines. 6) (stiff with) informal full of …

    English terms dictionary

  • 10 stiff´en|er — stiff|en «STIHF uhn», transitive verb. to make stiff or stiffer: »She stiffened the shirt with starch. –v.i. to become stiff or stiffer: »The jelly will stiffen as it cools. The wind was stiffening as the storm approached. Figurative. He… …

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  • 11 stiff|en — «STIHF uhn», transitive verb. to make stiff or stiffer: »She stiffened the shirt with starch. –v.i. to become stiff or stiffer: »The jelly will stiffen as it cools. The wind was stiffening as the storm approached. Figurative. He stiffened with… …

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  • 12 stiff — stif adj lacking in suppleness <stiff muscles> stiff·ness n …

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  • 13 stiff — index close (rigorous), draconian, formal, immutable, indomitable, inflexible, ossified, ponderous …

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  • 14 stiff — stiff1 S3 [stıf] adj comparative stiffer superlative stiffest ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(body)¦ 2¦(material/substance)¦ 3¦(mixture)¦ 4¦(difficult)¦ 5¦(door/drawer etc)¦ 6¦(unfriendly)¦ 7¦(price)¦ 8 stiff …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 stiff — stiff1 [ stıf ] adjective ** ▸ 1 with pain in muscles ▸ 2 firm & difficult to bend ▸ 3 not moving easily ▸ 4 mixture: very thick ▸ 5 formal/controlled ▸ 6 more severe than usual ▸ 7 containing much alcohol ▸ + PHRASES 1. ) if you are stiff or a… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 16 stiff — I UK [stɪf] / US adjective ** 1) if you are stiff, or if a part of your body is stiff, you feel pain in your muscles and cannot move easily Her fingers were getting stiff. feel stiff: My leg muscles always feel stiff after a long bike ride. stiff …

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  • 17 stiff — [[t]stɪ̱f[/t]] stiffer, stiffest 1) ADJ GRADED Something that is stiff is firm or does not bend easily. The furniture was stiff, uncomfortable, too delicate, and too neat... His gaberdine trousers were brand new and stiff... Her fingers were… …

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  • 18 stiff — 1 adjective 1 BODY if a part of your body is stiff or you are stiff, your muscles hurt and it is difficult to move: Arthritis makes your joints stiff and sore. | stiff neck/back/joint: Alastair woke up with a stiff neck. | feel stiff: I felt… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 19 stiff — I. adjective Etymology: Middle English stif, from Old English stīf; akin to Middle Dutch stijf stiff, Latin stipare to press together, Greek steibein to tread on Date: before 12th century 1. a. not easily bent ; rigid < a stiff collar > b …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 20 stiff — stiffish, adj. stiffly, adv. stiffness, n. /stif/, adj., stiffer, stiffest, n., adv., v. adj. 1. rigid or firm; difficult or impossible to bend or flex: a stiff collar. 2. not moving or working easily: The motor was a little stiff from the cold… …

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