Meaning of “stiffness” in the English Dictionary

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

"stiffness" in American English

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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 formality evolved 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 bike ride.

(Definition of “stiffness” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)