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[n] the dead body of a human being
[n] an ordinary man; "a lucky stiff"; "a working stiff"
[adv] in a stiff manner; "his hands lay stiffly"
[adv] extremely; "bored stiff"; "frightened stiff"
[adj] (slang) very drunk
[adj] incapable of or resistant to bending; "a rigid strip of metal"; "a table made of rigid plastic"; "a palace guardsman stiff as a poker"
[adj] of a collar; standing up rather than folded down; "an uncomfortable standup collar"; "a stiff collar"
[adj] lacking ease in bending; not limber; "a stiff neck"; "stiff joints"; "stiff hairs"
[adj] rigidly formal; "a starchy manner"; "the letter was stiff and formal"; "his prose has a buckram quality"
[adj] hard to overcome or surmount; "a stiff hike"; "a stiff exam"; "an uphill battle against a popular incumbant"
[adj] not moving or operating freely; "a stiff hinge"
[adj] powerful; "a stiff current"; "a stiff breeze"; "a stiff drink"

Misc. Definitions

\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}, {Stifle}, {Stipulate}, {Stive} to stuff.]
1. Not easily bent; not flexible or pliant; not limber or flaccid; rigid; firm; as, stiff wood, paper, joints. [They] rising on stiff pennons, tower The mid a["e]rial sky. --Milton.
2. Not liquid or fluid; thick and tenacious; inspissated; neither soft nor hard; as, the paste is stiff.
3. Firm; strong; violent; difficult to oppose; as, a stiff gale or breeze.
4. Not easily subdued; unyielding; stubborn; obstinate; pertinacious; as, a stiff adversary. It is a shame to stand stiff in a foolish argument. --Jer. Taylor. A war ensues: the Cretans own their cause, Stiff to defend their hospitable laws. --Dryden.
5. Not natural and easy; formal; constrained; affected; starched; as, stiff behavior; a stiff style. The French are open, familiar, and talkative; the Italians stiff, ceremonious, and reserved. --Addison.
6. Harsh; disagreeable; severe; hard to bear. [Obs. or Colloq.] ``This is stiff news.'' --Shak.
7. (Naut.) Bearing a press of canvas without careening much; as, a stiff vessel; -- opposed to {crank}. --Totten.
8. Very large, strong, or costly; powerful; as, a stiff charge; a stiff price. [Slang] {Stiff neck}, a condition of the neck such that the head can not be moved without difficulty and pain. Syn: Rigid; inflexible; strong; hardly; stubborn; obstinate; pertinacious; harsh; formal; constrained; affected; starched; rigorous.

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