Meaning of “stiffly” in the English Dictionary

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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)