Adjective "Stiff" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Not easily bent or changed in shape; rigid.
  1. 'stiff cardboard'
  2. 'The plans are in PDF format for easy printing and pasting onto stiff cardboard.'
  3. 'The pile will be stiff and easily scratch away when it's ready.'
  4. 'Another image shows him in black coat, pale trousers, stiff white collar, and hat.'
  5. 'By breaking in your shoes at home, you won't be at the center struggling through games in stiff, rigid shoes the first time out.'
  6. 'The stiff black rubber fins allowed bodysurfers to catch bigger waves, then angle across their faces.'
  7. 'While indoors, place a piece of the paper on stiff cardboard.'
  8. 'The pants were stiff, inflexible, and suffered the same problem.'
  9. 'If your elbows get too straight they will be stiff and you can easily get pulled out of the saddle.'
  10. 'The collar of the stiff shirt was chafing slightly around the scars on his neck, and the ponytail he'd put his hair in was so tight it was liable to give him a headache.'
  11. 'If an electric fan is not feasible, try to fan the seedling with a piece of stiff paper or cardboard a couple of times a day.'
  12. 'While whipping, beat in the granulated sugar until very stiff and firm, about 2 minutes.'
  13. 'In a separate bowl, beat the egg whites until firm but not stiff, and fold the two mixtures together.'
  14. 'Mix together roughly four tablespoons of flour and one tablespoon of water with enough water to form a paste - a thick, stiff paste will give you a raised cross and a looser paste will give you a flat cross.'
  15. 'Whisk together the double and single cream until thick, but not stiff: this takes longer than usual because of the addition of the single cream.'
  16. 'a stiff drawer'
  17. 'Typical aging of these windows involves corrosion of the metal, stiff operation, inability to close and multiple layers of paint.'
  18. 'he was stiff from sitting on the desk'
  19. 'A little into the morning saw all of us grimacing over our stiff bodies - the outcome of the previous day's water pursuits!'
  20. 'He sat up and grimaced a little because his back ached, his entire body was stiff and his feet were cold.'
  21. 'He was weak and his aching body was still stiff from the beating.'
  22. '‘My body was very stiff at first especially because of my old age,’ Shen said.'
  23. 'The goal of treatment is to control pain, to prevent joints from losing motion, and to help already stiff joints move more easily.'
  24. 'My legs were stiff and a little sore from sitting still so long.'
  25. 'His muscles were stiff and sore, and his body was tired.'
  26. 'My body was stiff and sore from the rest I got while belaying.'
  27. 'With intuitive insight, they will begin to recognize when their body is stiff, sore, tired or emotionally drained.'
  28. 'He seems to be a rather stiff and aloof character.'
  29. 'He was sincere but he was not adept at consolation so it came out stiff, wooden.'
  30. 'They'd been distant and stiff with each other since the truth about the bet had come out.'
  31. 'Mel had never particularly liked the woman's stiff manner and perfect outward appearance.'
  32. 'He was the only one not stiff and unresponsive with worry.'
  33. 'Corrissa's stiff manner left her, and she ran frantically towards the door and immediately started pounding on it.'
  34. 'Dancing with Angelique was difficult at first, she refused to get to close to him, and was stiff and cold.'
  35. 'I also thought that the two of us needed to learn to relax around each other, for we had grown to be much too stiff and serious than friends should be.'
  36. 'Is he going to come across as stiff and wooden, or is he going to come across as a person that Americans can trust?'
  37. 'We discontinued our love charade, even with Rod present, and never gave more than a stiff and polite nod of greeting to one another.'
Severe or strong.
  1. 'a stiff increase in taxes'
  2. 'The relocation to suburbs in Dublin also allowed them avoid paying stiff city taxes.'
  3. 'They got fined $100 million which is a stiff fine by the Federal Reserve.'
  4. 'The line, a reference to their recent stiff increases in license fees for cable operators, drew laughter and applause.'
  5. 'This can be done, in part anyway, by stiff taxes on carbon dioxide emissions.'
  6. 'Despite a variety of strong protections and stiff penalties for violations, this law continues to fall short of its target.'
  7. 'That commission recommended stiff increases in the payroll tax to create a surplus that would help fund the retirement of baby boomers down the road.'
  8. 'Because of the stiff penalties for second children, many couples have unregistered babies.'
  9. 'Individuals who decided not to take up the offer of making a voluntary disclosure will face prosecution, as well as stiff bills for tax, interest and penalties.'
  10. 'The lawyers are arguing that that fine is just too stiff.'
  11. 'After getting no less than two fines and a stiff warning from the electoral committee, they were found to have gone over the allowed limit of their budget.'
  12. 'It will shatter, and then a stiff wind will blow though, and the pieces will slowly fall and scatter.'
  13. 'Invariably, we were buffeted by a stiff wind which left you red-faced but invigorated.'
  14. 'But I am daunted at the challenges that paddling up-stream against an out-going tide and against a stiff wind must present.'
  15. 'In a traditional yurt, the framework is covered with felt mats and tied down with hair ropes to prevent the mats from blowing off in stiff winds.'
  16. 'As he spoke, it seemed the gods were heeding the many prayers at the Cork venue, as the sun shone brightly and a stiff wind blew on the opening day.'
  17. 'A fairly stiff breeze was blowing, but the branches of the willow trees never swayed.'
  18. 'The last two miles on the home stretch were tough, with a few hills and a stiff wind but all got home safe without any falls.'
  19. 'I was getting used to the cold when I heard a sound in the distance, looked up, and saw the first signs of a stiff wind working its way toward me.'
  20. 'The Pope, who aides say is losing sleep over the possibility of war, celebrated a Mass that began with a stiff wind blowing in from Siberia over the flat steppes and ended in sunshine.'
  21. 'This game was played in horrid conditions and the stiff breeze that blew from one corner flag to the other made point taking arduous even at the best of times.'
  22. 'a long stiff climb up the bare hillside'
  23. 'However, outside of China, in Japan for instance, such an effort will meet stiff resistance from habit users and from simple economic forces.'
  24. 'And walkers, too, are in for some pretty stiff challenges once they leave the paths.'
  25. 'It turned out to be a rewarding trip as they overcame the stiff challenge of their Wicklow opponents.'
  26. 'The course was cruel to the runners, presenting them with with five stiff hill climbs to negotiate in the last 15 km.'
  27. 'You can drive to the base of the rock but it is a fairly stiff climb from there, although it only takes about five minutes.'
  28. 'Since the club opened it has notched up wins against some very stiff competition.'
  29. 'From there a very stiff climb through what is still called ‘Sullivan road’ took us to Kundhesappe and then to Doddabetta foothill.'
  30. 'The news of increase in sales tax on diesel had met with stiff resistance from petrol pump dealers, who had threatened to go on a strike in protest against it.'
  31. 'Mind you, it's up against stiff competition from University Challenge.'
  32. 'Once more, firm sand provided a gentle walking surface until almost the end of the beach, where we rested before the short but stiff climb to the heathland above the cliffs.'
  33. 'We banned all the men while we were doing the photo shoot and had a stiff drink afterwards.'
  34. 'I don't know why - I'm not a smoker but a stiff drink and a cigarette seemed to take my mind off the events for a moment.'
  35. 'We dropped his car off, and then drove over to the pub and continued with another couple of stiff drinks.'
  36. 'I fancy a stiff drink this lunchtime to steady my nerves!'
  37. 'Alternatively, drop anchor, pour a stiff drink and soak up the sun!'
  38. 'His disgust with himself and his actions inspired the need for a stiff drink.'
  39. 'Someday I'm going to think about all the time I've wasted and need a stiff drink.'
  40. 'I'm going to go home and walk my dog and hug my wife and maybe get a good Mexican meal and a stiff margarita and a full night's sleep.'
  41. 'By the end of the evening, most of my guests had settled back into their seats with satisfied grins and a stiff drink or smoke in hand as ordering took place.'
  42. 'I don't drink at lunchtime but I like a stiff whisky at 6.30 in the evening and perhaps another later on.'
Full of.
    Having a specified unpleasant feeling to an extreme extent.
    1. 'I was bored stiff with my project'
    2. 'Actually, they look bored stiff, but you see his point.'
    3. 'Andy pleaded from the hallway seeming utterly scared stiff.'
    4. 'One is that much of the public is scared stiff of crime.'
    5. 'I swerved to the left, scared stiff at what had just happened.'
    6. 'She was worn out, scared stiff, her heart was beating furiously, and her lungs were screaming in protest with every breath of icy air she inhaled.'
    7. 'Everything I had thought to be possible was true, and I didn't know whether to feel relieved or scared stiff.'
    8. 'He sent an ambulance to me, and while I waited for it, I sat on the curb, scared stiff, clutching a matted, long-haired tabby cat.'
    9. 'It was obvious these guys were scared stiff of something, but what?'


    A dead body.
    1. 'A friend of my father's worked for the London Transport Police and part of his job involved scraping stiffs off the tracks.'
    A boring, conventional person.
    1. 'So, unlike the bigwigs who cashed in big on stock options, look for him to remain a working stiff.'
    2. 'He looks like he's going to be your typical good looking stiff, but once he gets to talk a bit, he is quite natural and has some comic skills.'
    3. 'I guess working stiffs like their comedians to be aggressively stupid and insultingly formulaic.'
    4. 'They performed lewd acts, taunted the police, harassed the stiffs and produced great art.'
    5. 'Never once do you buy him as a beat down working class stiff who just needs a break to get what he more or less rightfully deserves.'
    6. 'True, more than a few stiffs have taken cover behind the blue shirt down the years, and several others could have made a fair living selling it, but none went as far as the ultimate sacrifice.'
    7. 'Well, if you're a typical working stiff in today's corporate world, you're not getting any bargains from the big executives upstairs.'
    8. 'The cops weren't hugely heroic figures, but working stiffs, not even remotely glamorous.'
    9. 'Four working stiffs shack up to make the greatest rock record of recent times.'
    10. 'But working stiffs who slave all day to pay the Hydro bills can sometimes barely get a peek out the window as the circus rolls by.'
    A sports club's reserve team.
    1. 'And, if he did not play ball, they could play him in the stiffs.'


    Cheat (someone) out of something, especially money.
    1. 'Did they think he would just disappear after the press conference got stiffed by the media?'
    2. 'Chances are that he wants to stiff you for the deposit and then he will have it patched.'
    3. 'In the past, East Baghdad has been stiffed and not given its fair share.'
    4. 'We do know they have been steadily alienating your regular customers, stiffing them on money owed, making a terrible mess of the legitimate business, while all the while on paper your company is soaring.'
    5. 'And when you stiff the person, not sending them any drugs or explosives at all - that's all profit right there.'
    6. 'As we noted last night, he seems to have stiffed the Times.'
    7. 'If people are unaware, it is a crime to stiff people on wages, even the homeless.'
    8. 'Workers, in other words, will be stiffed again.'
    9. 'I don't want to stiff her if she's due a partial fee, but I'm afraid that if I let her know she'll try to overcharge me.'
    10. 'One show I saw involved a woman who'd stiffed an appliance store on a refrigerator and then had the gall to sue it for harassment when it tried to collect.'
    11. 'If you leave a quarter you might as well be stiffing me.'
    12. 'I can tell you I never stiffed a waiter in a French restaurant.'
    13. '"Sending a message" by stiffing a rude waiter or bellhop does not work.'
    Ignore (someone) deliberately; snub.
    1. 'But having stiffed the world and threatened U.S. allies, they may be rewarded with trade, aid and the global respect they've coveted for decades.'
    2. 'And yet, he stiffed the police for a couple of months and, even to this day, has not spoken out publicly.'
    3. 'But to follow up on Bernie's question, does the vice president pay a price for stiffing the press as he has done for two months now?'
    4. 'And the two best ways to keep people stupid and nodding is by shutting down the information flow and by stiffing the press.'
    5. 'And in this case, he was very interested in all of the questions, did not stiff them or brush them off.'
    Kill (someone)
    1. 'as soon as he began singing about the wife and kids, his albums stiffed'
    2. 'Ultimately, we wound up doing one television show as guild members, the record started stiffing and the band broke up.'
    3. 'All right, but are they secretly pleased that her most recent single stiffed at number 52?'
    4. 'A few more singles stiffed in 1965/66 before the band ground to a halt sometime in 1967.'
    5. 'A publisher paid an advance of more than $500,000 for it, it became a book that attracted rave reviews, and it stiffed in its first week.'


    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 wante

    More examples(as adjective)

    "people can be stiff in appearances."

    "people can be stiff as boards."

    "competitions can be stiff in segments."

    "people can be stiff with shocks."

    "people can be stiff with colds."

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    Old English stīf, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch stijf.


    stiff as a board
    a stiff upper lip