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English definition of “stiffness”

stiffness

noun [U]  /ˈstɪf·nəs/ us  

stiffness noun [U] (BEING FORMAL)

the quality of being very formal and not relaxed: His early stiffness and formality evolved into friendliness.

stiffness noun [U] (BEING UNABLE TO MOVE)

the condition of being unable to bend or move easily: I had some muscle stiffness after the bike ride.
(Definition of stiffness from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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