stiffly Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"stiffly" in British English

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stifflyadverb

uk   us   /ˈstɪf.li/

stiffly adverb (FIRM)

straight and not ​bending: The ​soldiersstood stiffly to ​attention.

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.

stiffly adverb (SEVERE)

UK severely: I ​wrote a stiffly ​wordedletter of ​complaint to the ​council.
(Definition of stiffly from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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stifflyadverb

 /ˈstɪf·li/

stiffly adverb (FORMALLY)

in a way that is too ​formal: "I don’t ​think it has anything to do with you," he said stiffly.

stiffly adverb (STRAIGHT)

straight, or in a way that does not ​bend or move ​easily: The ​gown is ​constructed so stiffly that it could ​stand up on ​its own.
(Definition of stiffly from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “stiffly”
in Chinese (Simplified) 僵直地, 笔挺地…
in Chinese (Traditional) 僵直地, 筆挺地…
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