stiff·en verb \ˈsti-fən\
: 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
stiff·enedstiff·en·ing \ˈsti-fə-niŋ, ˈstif-niŋ\
: to make stiff or stiffer
Examples of STIFFEN
- She stiffened when he grabbed her shoulder.
- The dogs stiffened in alarm.
- The law would stiffen penalties for tax evasion.
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