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English definition of “stiffness”

stiffness

noun [U] uk   /ˈstɪf.nəs/ us  

stiffness noun [U] (NOT RELAXED)

the quality of being very formal and not relaxed: Her initial stiffness began to wear off as we got to know her.Manners and levels of formalityPolite and respectful

stiffness noun [U] (FIRM)

C2 the quality of being firm, hard, or unable to bend: the stiffness of her musclesHard and firm

stiffness noun [U] (SEVERE)

the quality of being very severe, strong, or difficult: Everyone was surprised at the stiffness of the sentence/punishment/penalty/sanctions.Serious and severeSevere
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