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English definition of “stiff”

stiff

adjective     /stɪf/
HARD B2 hard and difficult to bend : stiff material Hard and firm
NOT MOVING B2 A door , drawer , etc that is stiff does not move as easily as it should.Not functioning
HURTING If a part of your body is stiff, it hurts and is difficult to move : I've got a stiff neck .Pain and painful
SEVERE very severe or difficult : stiff competition / opposition We need stiffer penalties for drink driving .SevereDifficult things and peoplePreventing and impeding
FORMAL behaving in a way that is formal and not relaxed Manners and levels of formalityPolite and respectful
THICK A stiff substance is thick and does not move around easily : Whip the cream until it is stiff.Hard and firm
stiff drink/whisky/vodka, etc a strong alcoholic drink : I need a stiff brandy .Alcohol - general words
stiff wind/breeze a wind that is quite strong Wind and windsStormy weather
stiffly adverb stiffness noun [U]
(Definition of stiff adjective from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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