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stiff

adjective

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1 incapable of or highly resistant to bending
  • use a stiff piece of paper for the project

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3 going beyond a normal or acceptable limit in degree or amount
  • don't you think that's a pretty stiff fine for such a minor infraction?

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4 having a consistency that does not easily yield to pressure
  • stir two cups of flour with the remaining ingredients to make a stiff dough

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7 marked by or showing careful attention to set forms and details
  • the stiff politeness with which I was greeted suggested that they weren't truly happy to see me

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8 being under the influence of alcohol
  • seeing that the customer was more than a little stiff, the bartender offered to call a cab for him

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stiff

noun

Synonyms & Antonyms of stiff (Entry 2 of 3)

1 a dead body
  • to the mortician, a stiff was a stiff and they were all pretty much alike

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2 a member of the human race
  • one lucky stiff will get the biggest jackpot in the lottery's history

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stiff

verb

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1 to deliberately ignore or treat rudely
  • the actress has a reputation for stiffing the press at red-carpet events

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2 to rob by the use of trickery or threats
  • customers who were too embarrassed to admit that they had been stiffed by an Internet company claiming to sell designer handbags

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How is the word stiff distinct from other similar adjectives?

The words inflexible and rigid are common synonyms of stiff. While all three words mean "difficult to bend," stiff may apply to any degree of this condition.

stretching keeps your muscles from becoming stiff

In what contexts can inflexible take the place of stiff?

The meanings of inflexible and stiff largely overlap; however, inflexible stresses lack of suppleness or pliability.

ski boots with inflexible soles

When would rigid be a good substitute for stiff?

In some situations, the words rigid and stiff are roughly equivalent. However, rigid applies to something so stiff that it cannot be bent without breaking.

a rigid surfboard

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The first known use of stiff was before the 12th century

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“Stiff.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/stiff. Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

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