Meaning of STIFF in English

STIFF

(~er, ~est)

1.

Something that is ~ is firm or does not bend easily.

His waterproof trousers were brand new and ~...

Clean the mussels with a ~ brush under cold running water.

= rigid

ADJ

~ly

Moira sat ~ly upright in her straight-backed chair.

ADV: ADV adj, ADV with v

2.

Something such as a door or drawer that is ~ does not move as easily as it should.

Train doors have handles on the inside. They are ~ so that they cannot be opened accidentally.

ADJ

3.

If you are ~, your muscles or joints hurt when you move, because of illness or because of too much exercise.

The Mud Bath is particularly recommended for relieving tension and ~ muscles...

I’m ~ all over right now–I hope I can recover for tomorrow’s race.

ADJ

~ly

He climbed ~ly from the Volkswagen.

ADV

4.

Stiff behaviour is rather formal and not very friendly or relaxed.

They always seemed a little awkward with each other, a bit ~ and formal.

ADJ

~ly

‘Why don’t you borrow your sister’s car?’ said Cassandra ~ly.

...a ~ly worded letter of complaint.

ADV: ADV with v, ADV adj

5.

Stiff can be used to mean difficult or severe.

The film faces ~ competition for the Best Film nomination...

Under Greece’s ~ anti-drugs laws they could face twenty years in jail.

ADJ: usu ADJ n

6.

A ~ drink is a large amount of a strong alcoholic drink.

...a ~ whisky.

= large

ADJ: ADJ n

7.

If you are bored ~, worried ~, or scared ~, you are extremely bored, worried, or scared. (INFORMAL)

Anna tried to look interested. Actually, she was bored ~...

ADV: adj ADV emphasis

Stiff is also an adjective.

Even if he bores you ~, it is good manners not to let him know it.

ADJ: v n ADJ

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