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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

Full Definition of stiffen

stiff·enedstiff·en·ing play \ˈsti-fə-niŋ, ˈstif-niŋ\

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

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

stiff·en·er play \ˈsti-fə-nər, ˈstif-nər\ noun

Examples of stiffen

  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



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