stiffness Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “stiffness” in the English Dictionary

"stiffness" in British English

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stiffnessnoun [U]

uk   us   /ˈstɪf.nəs/

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.

stiffness noun [U] (FIRM)

C2 the ​quality of being ​firm, hard, or ​unable to ​bend: the stiffness of her ​muscles

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.
(Definition of stiffness from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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stiffnessnoun [U]

 us   /ˈstɪf·nəs/

stiffness noun [U] (BEING FORMAL)

the ​quality of being very ​formal and not ​relaxed: His early stiffness and ​formalityevolved 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 ​bikeride.
(Definition of stiffness from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “stiffness”
in Chinese (Simplified) 拘谨, 生硬,拘谨…
in Chinese (Traditional) 拘謹, 生硬,拘謹…
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