Stiff

Definition of Stiff

a.1.Not easily bent; not flexible or pliant; not limber or flaccid; rigid; firm; as, stiff wood, paper, joints.
[They] rising on stiff pennons, tower
The mid aërial sky.
- Milton.
2.Not liquid or fluid; thick and tenacious; inspissated; neither soft nor hard; as, the paste is stiff.
3.Firm; strong; violent; difficult to oppose; as, a stiff gale or breeze.
4.Not easily subdued; unyielding; stubborn; obstinate; pertinacious; as, a stiff adversary.
It is a shame to stand stiff in a foolish argument.
- Jer. Taylor.
A war ensues: the Cretans own their cause,
Stiff to defend their hospitable laws.
- Dryden.
5.Not natural and easy; formal; constrained; affected; starched; as, stiff behavior; a stiff style.
The French are open, familiar, and talkative; the Italians stiff, ceremonious, and reserved.
- Addison.
6.Harsh; disagreeable; severe; hard to bear.
7.(Naut.) Bearing a press of canvas without careening much; as, a stiff vessel; - opposed to crank.
8.Very large, strong, or costly; powerful; as, a stiff charge; a stiff price.
Stiff neck
a condition of the neck such that the head can not be moved without difficulty and pain.

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