Adjective: stiff (stiffer,stiffest) stif
Noun: stiff stif
- Not moving or operating freely
"a stiff hinge"
"a stiff current"; "a stiff breeze"
- Rigidly formal
"the letter was stiff and formal";
- starchy, buckram
- Having a strong physiological or chemical effect
"a stiff drink";
- potent, strong
- Marked by firm determination or resolution; not shakable
- firm, steadfast, steady, unbendable, unfaltering, unshakable, unwavering, unshakeable
- Incapable of or resistant to bending
"a palace guardsman stiff as a poker"; "stiff hair"; "a stiff neck";
- Very drunk
"I had travelling money and got stiff in the bar downstairs";
- besotted [archaic], blind drunk, blotto, crocked [N. Amer], cockeyed, fuddled, loaded [N. Amer], pie-eyed, pixilated, plastered, slopped, sloshed, smashed, soaked, soused, sozzled, tight, wet, pickled, legless [Brit], blitzed, trashed, hammered, stinko, wasted, stonkered [Austral, NZ], mullered [Brit], trolleyed [Brit], paralytic [Brit], out of it [Brit], bombed, fried [N. Amer], tanked up, juiced [N. Amer], bladdered [Brit], liquored up [N. Amer], swacked [N. Amer], steaming, three sheets to the wind, stewed, blootered [UK, dialect], bevvied [Brit], drunk, pixillated, half-seas-over [Brit]
Adverb: stiff stif
- An ordinary man
"a lucky stiff"; "a working stiff"
- The dead body of a human being
"the murderer confessed that he threw the stiff in the river";
- cadaver, corpse, clay, remains
Verb: stiff stif
"bored stiff"; "frightened stiff"
- In a stiff manner
"his hands lay stiff";
Usage: N. Amer
- Reject outright and bluntly
- rebuff, snub, repel
- Cheat, esp. fail to pay what one owes, or pay less than an expected tip (or none at all)
"I stiffed the waiter with a super small tip-but then I don't ever expect to go back."
Derived forms: stiffs, stiffing, stiffest, stiffed, stiffer
See also: drunk, effective, effectiveness, effectual, efficacious, equipotent, fertile, formal, immobile, inebriate, inebriated, inflexible, intoxicated, multipotent, potency, powerful, resolute, strength, strong
Type of: adult male, body, dead body, disdain, freeze off, man, pooh-pooh, reject, scorn, spurn, turn down