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Adjective: stiff (stiffer,stiffest)  stif
  1. Not moving or operating freely
    "a stiff hinge"
     
  2. Having a strong physiological or chemical effect
    "a stiff drink";
    - potent, strong
     
  3. Powerful
    "a stiff current"; "a stiff breeze"
     
  4. Rigidly formal
    "the letter was stiff and formal";
    - starchy, buckram
     
  5. Marked by firm determination or resolution; not shakable
    "stiff convictions";
    - firm, steadfast, steady, unbendable, unfaltering, unshakable, unwavering, unshakeable
     
  6. Incapable of or resistant to bending
    "a palace guardsman stiff as a poker"; "stiff hair"; "a stiff neck";
    - rigid
     
  7. [informal] Very drunk
    "I had travelling money and got stiff in the bar downstairs";
    - besotted [archaic], blind drunk [informal], blotto [informal], crocked [N. Amer, informal], cockeyed [informal], fuddled [informal], loaded [N. Amer, informal], pie-eyed [informal], pissed [Brit, informal], pixilated [informal], plastered [informal], sloshed [informal], smashed [informal], soaked [informal], soused [informal], sozzled [informal], tight [informal], wet [informal], off one's face [Brit, informal], steaming [informal], blootered [UK, dialect], hammered [informal], pickled [informal], three sheets to the wind [informal], tanked up [informal], screwed [informal], liquored up [N. Amer], stewed [informal], trashed [informal], bladdered [Brit, informal], juiced [N. Amer, informal], blitzed [informal], trolleyed [Brit, informal], mullered [Brit, informal], out of it [Brit, informal], swacked [N. Amer, informal], stonkered [Austral, NZ, informal], stinko [informal], lit up [slang], bombed [informal], wasted [informal], fried [N. Amer, informal], legless [Brit, informal], paralytic [Brit], trollied [Brit, informal], wrecked [Brit, informal], bevvied [Brit, informal], drunk, pixillated, half-seas-over [Brit, informal]
Noun: stiff  stif
Usage: informal
  1. An ordinary man
    "a lucky stiff"; "a working stiff"
     
  2. The dead body of a human being
    "the murderer confessed that he threw the stiff in the river";
    - cadaver, corpse, clay, remains
Adverb: stiff  stif
  1. Extremely
    "bored stiff"; "frightened stiff"
     
  2. In a stiff manner
    "his hands lay stiff";
    - stiffly
Verb: stiff  stif
Usage: N. Amer, informal
  1. Reject outright and bluntly
    - rebuff, snub, repel
     
  2. 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: stiffed, stiffs, stiffest, stiffing, stiffer

See also: drunk, effective, effectiveness, effectual, efficacious, equipotent, fertile, formal, gone, immobile, inebriate, inebriated, inflexible, intoxicated, multipotent, potency, powerful, resolute, ripped [informal], skunked [informal], strength, strong

Type of: adult male, body, bozo [N. Amer, informal], cat [N. Amer, informal], chappie [Brit, informal], dead body, disdain, freeze off, geezer [Brit, informal], guy [informal], hombre [N. Amer, informal], man, pooh-pooh, reject, scorn, sod [Brit, informal], spurn, turn down

Encyclopedia: Stiff, James