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English definition of “stiffly”

stiffly

adverb uk   /ˈstɪf.li/ us  

stiffly adverb (FIRM)

straight and not bending: The soldiers stood stiffly to attention.Hard and firm

stiffly adverb (NOT RELAXED)

in a way that is too formal: "I don't think that it's anything to do with you," he said stiffly.Manners and levels of formalityPolite and respectful

stiffly adverb (SEVERE)

severely: I wrote a stiffly worded letter of complaint to the council.Severe
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