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English adjective: stiff

1. stiff not moving or operating freely


SamplesA stiff hinge.


Similarimmobile


Antonymsmobile

2. stiff powerful


SamplesA stiff current.
A stiff breeze.


Similarstrong


Antonymsweak

3. stiff rigidly formal


SamplesA starchy manner.
The letter was stiff and formal.
His prose has a buckram quality.


Synonymsbuckram, starchy


Similarformal


Antonymsinformal

4. stiff having a strong physiological or chemical effect


SamplesA potent toxin.
Potent liquor.
A potent cup of tea.
A stiff drink.


Synonymspotent, strong


Similarequipotent, multipotent


See alsoeffective, effectual, efficacious, fertile, powerful


Attributeeffectiveness, potency, strength


Antonymsimpotent

5. stiff marked by firm determination or resolution; not shakable


SamplesFirm convictions.
A firm mouth.
Steadfast resolve.
A man of unbendable perseverence.
Unwavering loyalty.


Synonymsfirm, steadfast, steady, unbendable, unfaltering, unshakable, unwavering


Similarresolute


Antonymsirresolute

6. stiff incapable of or resistant to bending


SamplesA rigid strip of metal.
A table made of rigid plastic.
A palace guardsman stiff as a poker.
Stiff hair.
A stiff neck.


Synonymsrigid


Similarinflexible


Antonymsflexile, flexible

7. stiff very drunk


Synonymsbesotted, blind drunk, blotto, cockeyed, crocked, fuddled, loaded, pie-eyed, pissed, pixilated, plastered, slopped, sloshed, smashed, soaked, soused, sozzled, squiffy, tight, wet


Similardrunk, inebriated, intoxicated


Domain usageargot, cant, jargon, lingo, patois, slang, vernacular


Antonymssober


English noun: stiff

1. stiff (person) an ordinary man


SamplesA lucky stiff.
A working stiff.


Broader (hypernym)adult male, man

2. stiff (body) the dead body of a human being


SamplesThe cadaver was intended for dissection.
The end of the police search was the discovery of a corpse.
The murderer confessed that he threw the stiff in the river.
Honor comes to bless the turf that wraps their clay.


Synonymscadaver, clay, corpse, remains


Broader (hypernym)body, dead body


Narrower (hyponym)cremains


English adverb: stiff

1. stiff extremely


SamplesBored stiff.
Frightened stiff.

2. stiff in a stiff manner


SamplesHis hands lay stiffly.


Synonymsstiffly









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