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stiffen

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verb stiff·en \ˈsti-fən\

Simple Definition of stiffen

  • : to stop moving and become completely still especially because of fear, anger, etc.

  • : to become painful to move or use

  • : to become more severe or strong or to make (something) more severe or strong

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of stiffen

stiffenedstiffening play \ˈsti-fə-niŋ, ˈstif-niŋ\

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to make stiff or stiffer

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to become stiff or stiffer

stiffener play \ˈsti-fə-nər, ˈstif-nər\ noun

Examples of stiffen in a sentence

  1. She stiffened when he grabbed her shoulder.

  2. The dogs stiffened in alarm.

  3. The law would stiffen penalties for tax evasion.



15th Century

First Known Use of stiffen

15th century

Rhymes with stiffen


STIFFEN Defined for Kids

stiffen

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verb stiff·en \ˈsti-fən\

Definition of stiffen for Students

stiffenedstiffening

  1. 1 :  to make or become stiff or stiffer <The paper stiffened as it dried.>

  2. 2 :  to become tense and still <He stiffened with suspicion.>





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