(noun, adjective, verb, adverb)


1. not moving or operating freely

- a stiff hinge

Similar word(s): immobile

2. powerful

- a stiff current

- a stiff breeze

Similar word(s): strong

3. rigidly formal

- the letter was stiff and formal

Similar word(s): formal, buckram, starchy

4. having a strong physiological or chemical effect

- a stiff drink

Similar word(s): effective, effectual, efficacious, fertile, equipotent, multipotent, powerful, potent, strong

5. marked by firm determination or resolution; not shakable

Similar word(s): resolute, firm, steadfast, steady, unbendable, unfaltering, unshakable, unwavering

6. incapable of or resistant to bending

- a palace guardsman stiff as a poker

- stiff hair

- a stiff neck

Similar word(s): inflexible, rigid

7. very drunk

Similar word(s): drunk, gone, inebriated, intoxicated, ripped, besotted, blotto, cockeyed, crocked, fuddled, loaded, pixilated, plastered, slopped, sloshed, smashed, soaked, soused, sozzled, squiffy, tight, wet

Sentences with stiff as an adjective:

- He was eventually caught, and given a stiff fine.

- My legs are stiff after climbing that hill yesterday.

- a stiff drink;  a stiff dose;  a stiff breeze.

- beat the egg whites until they are stiff


1. extremely

- bored stiff

- frightened stiff

2. in a stiff manner

- his hands lay stiffly

Similar word(s): stiffly


1. an ordinary man

- a lucky stiff

- a working stiff

Definition categories: person, man

2. the dead body of a human being

- the murderer confessed that he threw the stiff in the river

Similar word(s): cadaver, clay, corpse, remains

Definition categories: body

Sentences with stiff as a noun:

- 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.

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


1. 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.