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STIFF

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does stiff mean? 

STIFF (noun)
  The noun STIFF has 2 senses:

1. an ordinary man
2. the dead body of a human being

  Familiarity information: STIFF used as a noun is rare.


STIFF (adjective)
  The adjective STIFF has 7 senses:

1. not moving or operating freely
2. powerful
3. rigidly formal
4. having a strong physiological or chemical effect
5. marked by firm determination or resolution; not shakable
6. incapable of or resistant to bending
7. very drunk

  Familiarity information: STIFF used as an adjective is common.


STIFF (adverb)
  The adverb STIFF has 2 senses:

1. extremely
2. in a stiff manner

  Familiarity information: STIFF used as an adverb is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


STIFF (noun)


Sense 1stiff [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An ordinary man

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Context examples:

a lucky stiff / a working stiff

Hypernyms ("stiff" is a kind of...):

adult male; man (an adult person who is male (as opposed to a woman))


Sense 2stiff [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The dead body of a human being

Classified under:

Nouns denoting body parts

Synonyms:

cadaver; corpse; remains; stiff; clay

Context examples:

the cadaver was intended for dissection / the end of the police search was the discovery of a corpse / the murderer confessed that he threw the stiff in the river / honor comes to bless the turf that wraps their clay

Hypernyms ("stiff" is a kind of...):

body; dead body (a natural object consisting of a dead animal or person)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "stiff"):

cremains (the remains of a dead body after cremation)

Domain usage:

slang (a characteristic language of a particular group (as among thieves))


STIFF (adjective)


Sense 1stiff [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Not moving or operating freely

Context example:

a stiff hinge

Similar:

immobile (not capable of movement or of being moved)


Sense 2stiff [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Powerful

Context examples:

a stiff current / a stiff breeze

Similar:

strong (having strength or power greater than average or expected)


Sense 3stiff [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Rigidly formal

Synonyms:

buckram; starchy; stiff

Context examples:

a starchy manner / the letter was stiff and formal / his prose has a buckram quality

Similar:

formal (being in accord with established forms and conventions and requirements (as e.g. of formal dress))


Sense 4stiff [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Having a strong physiological or chemical effect

Synonyms:

potent; stiff; strong

Context examples:

a potent toxin / potent liquor / a potent cup of tea / a stiff drink

Similar:

equipotent (having equal strength or efficacy)

multipotent (able to many things)

Also:

powerful (having great power or force or potency or effect)

effective; effectual; efficacious (producing or capable of producing an intended result or having a striking effect)

fertile (capable of reproducing)

Attribute:

effectiveness; potency; strength (capacity to produce strong physiological or chemical effects)


Sense 5stiff [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Marked by firm determination or resolution; not shakable

Synonyms:

unfaltering; unbendable; unwavering; steadfast; firm; unshakable; steady; stiff

Context examples:

firm convictions / a firm mouth / steadfast resolve / a man of unbendable perseverence / unwavering loyalty

Similar:

resolute (firm in purpose or belief; characterized by firmness and determination)


Sense 6stiff [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Incapable of or resistant to bending

Synonyms:

rigid; stiff

Context examples:

a rigid strip of metal / a table made of rigid plastic / a palace guardsman stiff as a poker / stiff hair / a stiff neck

Similar:

inflexible (resistant to being bent)


Sense 7stiff [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Very drunk

Synonyms:

sloshed; smashed; sozzled; squiffy; tiddley; tiddly; tipsy; slopped; crocked; besotted; blind drunk; blotto; pie-eyed; fuddled; pissed; soused; soaked; pixilated; potty; plastered; cockeyed; loaded; wet; stiff; tight

Similar:

drunk; inebriated; intoxicated (stupefied or excited by a chemical substance (especially alcohol))

Domain usage:

argot; cant; jargon; lingo; patois; slang; vernacular (a characteristic language of a particular group (as among thieves))


STIFF (adverb)


Sense 1stiff [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Extremely

Context examples:

bored stiff / frightened stiff


Sense 2stiff [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

In a stiff manner

Synonyms:

stiffly; stiff

Context example:

his hands lay stiffly


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