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English adjective: stiff

1. stiff not moving or operating freely

SamplesA stiff hinge.



2. stiff powerful

SamplesA stiff current.
A stiff breeze.



3. stiff rigidly formal

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

Synonymsbuckram, starchy



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


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



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.



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


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.


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