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Stiff vs. Stiffen

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Stiffadjective

Rigid; hard to bend; inflexible.

Stiffenverb

(transitive) To make stiff.

Stiffadjective

Inflexible; rigid.

Stiffenverb

(intransitive) To become stiff.

Stiffadjective

Formal in behavior; unrelaxed.

Stiffenverb

To make stiff; to make less pliant or flexible; as, to stiffen cloth with starch.

‘Stiffen the sinews, summon up the blood.’;

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Stiffadjective

(colloquial) Harsh, severe.

‘He was eventually caught, and given a stiff fine.’;

Stiffenverb

To inspissate; to make more thick or viscous; as, to stiffen paste.

Stiffadjective

Painful as a result of excessive or unaccustomed exercise.

‘My legs are stiff after climbing that hill yesterday.’;

Stiffenverb

To make torpid; to benumb.

Stiffadjective

Potent.

‘a stiff drink; a stiff dose; a stiff breeze.’;

Stiffenverb

To become stiff or stiffer, in any sense of the adjective.

‘Like bristles rose my stiffening hair.’; ‘The tender soil then stiffening by degrees.’; ‘Some souls we see,Grow hard and stiffen with adversity.’;

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Stiffadjective

Dead, deceased.

Stiffenverb

become stiff or stiffer;

‘He stiffened when he saw his boss enter the room’;

Stiffadjective

Erect.

Stiffenverb

make stiff or stiffer;

‘Stiffen the cream by adding gelatine’;

Stiffadjective

Beaten until so aerated that they stand up straight on their own.

‘beat the egg whites until they are stiff’;

Stiffenverb

restrict;

‘Tighten the rules’; ‘stiffen the regulations’;

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Stiffadjective

(math) Of an equation: for which certain numerical solving methods are numerically unstable, unless the step size is taken to be extremely small.

Stiffadjective

(nautical) Keeping upright.

Stiffnoun

(slang) An average person, usually male, of no particular distinction, skill, or education, often a working stiff or lucky stiff.

‘A Working Stiff's Manifesto: A Memoir of Thirty Jobs I Quit, Nine That Fired Me, and Three I Can't Remember was published in 2003.’;

Stiffnoun

(slang) A person who is deceived, as a mark or pigeon in a swindle.

‘She convinced the stiff to go to her hotel room, where her henchman was waiting to rob him.’;

Stiffnoun

(slang) A cadaver; a dead person.

Stiffnoun

(slang) A flop; a commercial failure.

Stiffnoun

A person who leaves (especially a restaurant) without paying the bill.

Stiffnoun

A customer who does not leave a tip.

Stiffnoun

(blackjack) Any hard hand where it is possible to exceed 21 by drawing an additional card.

Stiffnoun

Negotiable instruments, possibly forged.

Stiffverb

To fail to pay that which one owes (implicitly or explicitly) to another, especially by departing hastily.

‘Realizing he had forgotten his wallet, he stiffed the taxi driver when the cab stopped for a red light.’;

Stiffverb

to cheat someone

Stiffverb

to tip ungenerously

Stiffadjective

Not easily bent; not flexible or pliant; not limber or flaccid; rigid; firm; as, stiff wood, paper, joints.

‘[They] rising on stiff pennons, towerThe mid aërial sky.’;

Stiffadjective

Not liquid or fluid; thick and tenacious; inspissated; neither soft nor hard; as, the paste is stiff.

Stiffadjective

Firm; strong; violent; difficult to oppose; as, a stiff gale or breeze.

Stiffadjective

Not easily subdued; unyielding; stubborn; obstinate; pertinacious; as, a stiff adversary.

‘It is a shame to stand stiff in a foolish argument.’; ‘A war ensues: the Cretans own their cause,Stiff to defend their hospitable laws.’;

Stiffadjective

Not natural and easy; formal; constrained; affected; starched; as, stiff behavior; a stiff style.

‘The French are open, familiar, and talkative; the Italians stiff, ceremonious, and reserved.’;

Stiffadjective

Harsh; disagreeable; severe; hard to bear.

Stiffadjective

Bearing a press of canvas without careening much; as, a stiff vessel; - opposed to crank.

Stiffadjective

Very large, strong, or costly; powerful; as, a stiff charge; a stiff price.

Stiffnoun

an ordinary man;

‘a lucky stiff’; ‘a working stiff’;

Stiffnoun

the dead body of a human being

Stiffadjective

lacking ease in bending; not limber;

‘a stiff neck’; ‘stiff joints’; ‘stiff hairs’;

Stiffadjective

not moving or operating freely;

‘a stiff hinge’;

Stiffadjective

powerful;

‘a stiff current’; ‘a stiff breeze’; ‘a stiff drink’;

Stiffadjective

rigidly formal;

‘a starchy manner’; ‘the letter was stiff and formal’; ‘his prose has a buckram quality’;

Stiffadjective

hard to overcome or surmount;

‘a stiff hike’; ‘a stiff exam’; ‘an uphill battle against a popular incumbant’;

Stiffadjective

of a collar; standing up rather than folded down;

‘an uncomfortable standup collar’; ‘a stiff collar’;

Stiffadjective

incapable of or resistant to bending;

‘a rigid strip of metal’; ‘a table made of rigid plastic’; ‘a palace guardsman stiff as a poker’;

Stiffadjective

very drunk

Stiffadverb

extremely;

‘bored stiff’; ‘frightened stiff’;

Stiffadverb

in a stiff manner;

‘his hands lay stiffly’;

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