/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 weather.3. (of a person or animal) not supple; moving with difficulty, as from cold, age, exhaustion, or injury.4. strong; forceful; powerful: stiff winds; The fighter threw a stiff right to his opponent's jaw.5. strong or potent to the taste or system, as a beverage or medicine: He was cold and wanted a good stiff drink.6. resolute; firm in purpose; unyielding; stubborn.7. stubbornly continued: a stiff battle.8. firm against any tendency to decrease, as stock-market prices.9. rigidly formal; cold and unfriendly, as people, manners, or proceedings.10. lacking ease and grace; awkward: a stiff style of writing.11. excessively regular or formal, as a design; not graceful in form or arrangement.12. laborious or difficult, as a task.13. severe or harsh, as a penalty or demand.14. excessive; unusually high or great: $50 is pretty stiff to pay for that.15. firm from tension; taut: to keep a stiff rein.16. relatively firm in consistency, as semisolid matter; thick: a stiff jelly; a stiff batter.17. dense or compact; not friable: stiff soil.18. Naut. (of a vessel) having a high resistance to rolling; stable (opposed to crank).19. Scot. and North Eng. sturdy, stout, or strongly built.20. Australian Slang. out of luck; unfortunate.n.21. Slang.a. a dead body; corpse.b. a formal or priggish person.c. a poor tipper; tightwad.d. a drunk.22. Slang.a. a fellow: lucky stiff; poor stiff.b. a tramp; hobo.c. a laborer.23. Slang.a. a forged check.b. a promissory note or bill of exchange.c. a letter or note, esp. if secret or smuggled.24. Slang. a contestant, esp. a racehorse, sure to lose.adv.25. in or to a firm or rigid state: The wet shirt was frozen stiff.26. completely, intensely, or extremely: I'm bored stiff by these lectures. We're scared stiff.v.t.27. Slang. to fail or refuse to tip (a waiter, porter, etc.).28. Slang. to cheat; gyp; do out of: The company stiffed me out of a week's pay.[bef. 1000; ME (adj. and adv.); OE stif; c. G steif; akin to STIFLE1, STEEVE1]Syn. 1. unbending, unyielding. See firm1. 6. unrelenting, resolved, obstinate, pertinacious. 9. reserved, constrained, starched, prim. 10. graceless, inelegant.
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