Definitions of stiff

  1. an ordinary man; " a lucky stiff"; " a working stiff"
  2. Stiffness.
  3. In commercial slang, negotiable paper, as a bill, promissory note, or the like.
  4. extremely; " bored stiff"; " frightened stiff"
  5. Stiffly.
  6. incapable of or resistant to bending; " a rigid strip of metal"; " a table made of rigid plastic"; " a palace guardsman stiff as a poker"
  7. powerful; " a stiff current"; " a stiff breeze"; " a stiff drink"
  8. lacking ease in bending; not limber; " a stiff neck"; " stiff joints"; " stiff hairs"
  9. not moving or operating freely; " a stiff hinge"
  10. hard to overcome or surmount; " a stiff hike"; " a stiff exam"; " an uphill battle against a popular incumbant"
  11. Not easily bent; not flexible or pliant; not limber or flaccid; rigid; firm; as, stiff wood, paper, joints.
  12. Not liquid or fluid; thick and tenacious; inspissated; neither soft nor hard; as, the paste is stiff.
  13. Firm; strong; violent; difficult to oppose; as, a stiff gale or breeze.
  14. Not easily subdued; unyielding; stubborn; obstinate; pertinacious; as, a stiff adversary.
  15. Not natural and easy; formal; constrained; affected; starched; as, stiff behavior; a stiff style.
  16. Harsh; disagreeable; severe; hard to bear.
  17. Very large, strong, or costly; powerful; as, a stiff charge; a stiff price.
  18. Not easily bent; rigid; firm; inflexible; as, stiff cardboard; not easily moved; not limber; as, a stiff neck; not liquid or fluid; as, a stiff paste; strong; violent; as, a stiff breeze; not natural or easy; formal; as, a stiff manner; not easily subdued; as, a stiff opponent; difficult; as, a stiff climb.
  19. Not easily bent: rigid: not liquid: rather hard than soft: not easily overcome: obstinate: not natural and easy: constrained: formal.
  20. Unbending; rigid; firm; not familiar or easy; formal.
  21. Not easily bent; rigid; not liquid or fluid; inspissated; strong; violent; stubborn; obstinate; constrained; formal.
  22. Not easily bent; not pliant; rigid; rather hard than soft; strong; not giving way; stubborn; firm in perseverance or resistance; not natural and easy, as manners; affected; constrained; not written with ease; formal; impetuous in motion, as a breeze.