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stiff

adjective
 
 
/stɪf/
HARD B2 hard and difficult to bend: stiff materialHard 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 relaxedManners 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 strongWind and windsStormy weather
stiffly adverb stiffness noun [U]
(Definition of stiff adjective from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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