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English Synonyms and Antonyms0.0 / 0 votes

  1. stiff

    That is severe which is devoid of all softness, mildness, tenderness, indulgence or levity, or (in literature and art) devoid of unnecessary ornament, amplification, or embellishment of any kind; as, a severe style; as said of anything painful, severe signifies such as heavily taxes endurance or resisting power; as, a severe pain, fever, or winter. Rigid signifies primarily stiff, resisting any effort to change its shape; a corpse is said to be rigid in death; hence, in metaphorical sense, a rigid person or character is one that resists all efforts to change the will or course of conduct; a rigid rule or statement is one that admits of no deviation. Rigorous is nearly akin to rigid, but is a stronger word, having reference to action or active qualities, as rigid does to state or character; a rigid rule may be rigorously enforced. Strict (Latin stringo, bind) signifies bound or stretched tight, tense, strenuously exact. Stern unites harshness and authority with strictness or severity; stern, as said even of inanimate objects, suggests something authoritative or forbidding. Austere signifies severely simple or temperate, strict in self-restraint or discipline, and similarly unrelenting toward others. We speak of austere morality, rigid rules, rigorous discipline, stern commands, severe punishment, harsh speech or a harsh voice, hard requirements, strict injunctions, and strict obedience. Strict discipline holds one exactly and unflinchingly to the rule; rigorous discipline punishes severely any infraction of it. The austere character is seldom lovely, but it is always strong and may be grand, commanding, and estimable.

    austere, hard, harsh, inexorable, inflexible, morose, relentless, rigid, rigorous, severe, stern, strict, uncompromising, unmitigated, unrelenting, unyielding

    affable, bland, easy, genial, gentle, indulgent, lenient, mild, pliable, soft, sweet, tender, tractable, yielding

Princeton's WordNet0.0 / 0 votes

  1. stiffnoun

    an ordinary man

    "a lucky stiff"; "a working stiff"

    remains, corpse, cadaver, clay

    sober, flexile, informal, mobile, weak, irresolute, flexible

  2. cadaver, corpse, stiff, clay, remainsadjective

    the dead body of a human being

    "the cadaver was intended for dissection"; "the end of the police search was the discovery of a corpse"; "the murderer confessed that he threw the stiff in the river"; "honor comes to bless the turf that wraps their clay"

    the Great Compromiser, remains, corpse, cadaver, mud, clay

    informal, mobile, sober, flexible, irresolute, weak, flexile

  3. stiffadjective

    not moving or operating freely

    "a stiff hinge"

    wet, unbendable, crocked, potent, fuddled, tight, slopped, sloshed, loaded, smashed, squiffy, soused, besotted, cockeyed, unshakable, unfaltering, soaked, steadfast, starchy, sozzled, unwavering, pie-eyed, steady, firm, plastered, strong, blind drunk, pissed, pixilated, blotto, buckram, rigid

    flexible, mobile, sober, informal, flexile, irresolute, weak

  4. stiffadjective


    "a stiff current"; "a stiff breeze"

    wet, unbendable, crocked, potent, fuddled, tight, slopped, sloshed, loaded, smashed, squiffy, soused, besotted, cockeyed, unshakable, unfaltering, soaked, steadfast, starchy, sozzled, unwavering, pie-eyed, steady, firm, plastered, strong, blind drunk, pissed, pixilated, blotto, buckram, rigid

    weak, sober, flexile, informal, irresolute, flexible, mobile

  5. starchy, stiff, buckramadjective

    rigidly formal

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

    wet, unbendable, crocked, potent, fuddled, tight, slopped, sloshed, loaded, smashed, squiffy, soused, besotted, cockeyed, unshakable, unfaltering, soaked, steadfast, starchy, sozzled, unwavering, pie-eyed, steady, firm, plastered, strong, blind drunk, pissed, pixilated, blotto, buckram, rigid

    weak, sober, flexible, flexile, informal, mobile, irresolute

  6. potent, strong, stiffadjective

    having a strong physiological or chemical effect

    "a potent toxin"; "potent liquor"; "a potent cup of tea", "a stiff drink"

    slopped, pissed, steadfast, blind drunk, unfaltering, inviolable, besotted, solid, secure, buckram, warm, unassailable, pixilated, cockeyed, crocked, substantial, powerful, plastered, fuddled, tight, firm, hard, unattackable, soused, soaked, sozzled, virile, squiffy, unbendable, unshakable, blotto, unwavering, rigid, impregnable, pie-eyed, sloshed, smashed, strong, potent, starchy, loaded, wet, steady

    flexile, informal, mobile, sober, flexible, irresolute, weak

  7. firm, steadfast, steady, stiff, unbendable, unfaltering, unshakable, unwaveringadjective

    marked by firm determination or resolution; not shakable

    "firm convictions"; "a firm mouth"; "steadfast resolve"; "a man of unbendable perseverence"; "unwavering loyalty"

    staunch, slopped, pissed, steadfast, blind drunk, unfaltering, besotted, solid, buckram, blotto, pixilated, cockeyed, truehearted, fast(a), potent, unswerving, fast, fuddled, tight, soused, bulletproof, firm, unassailable, immobile, watertight, level, loyal, sozzled, unfluctuating, squiffy, unbendable, unshakable, soaked, unwavering, crocked, rigid, plastered, pie-eyed, sloshed, smashed, strong, starchy, loaded, wet, regular, steady

    informal, flexile, sober, flexible, weak, irresolute, mobile

  8. rigid, 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"; "stiff hair"; "a stiff neck"

    slopped, pissed, blind drunk, unfaltering, fixed, besotted, steadfast, buckram, blotto, pixilated, cockeyed, crocked, potent, fuddled, tight, firm, inflexible, soused, sozzled, starchy, squiffy, unbendable, plastered, soaked, unshakable, unwavering, rigid, unbending, pie-eyed, sloshed, smashed, strong, set, loaded, strict, wet, steady

    weak, flexile, flexible, mobile, sober, irresolute, informal

  9. besotted, blind drunk, blotto, crocked, cockeyed, fuddled, loaded, pie-eyed, pissed, pixilated, plastered, slopped, sloshed, smashed, soaked, soused, sozzled, squiffy, stiff, tight, wetadverb

    very drunk

    affluent, stringent, rigorous, fuddled, skew-whiff, flush, laughable, ladened, plastered, smashed, steamed, ludicrous, tight, blotto, firm, unbendable, blind drunk, unwavering, impish, roiled, soaked, miffed, loaded, riled, steady, buckram, nasty, strong, pie-eyed, crocked, irritated, cockeyed, derisory, potent, puckish, slopped, wet, close, nonsensical, wealthy, sealed, awry(p), prankish, soused, unshakable, pixilated, wicked, pissed, peeved, askew, sozzled, wonky, mean, implike, miserly, besotted, squiffy, slicked, compressed, idiotic, nettled, laden, stung, taut, arch, ridiculous, starchy, mischievous, steadfast, absurd, preposterous, pissed off, sloshed, rigid, annoyed, moneyed, lopsided, mingy, lactating, unfaltering

    informal, weak, sober, flexible, irresolute, mobile, flexile

  10. stiffadverb


    "bored stiff"; "frightened stiff"


    weak, flexible, irresolute, mobile, sober, informal, flexile

  11. stiffly, stiffadverb

    in a stiff manner

    "his hands lay stiffly"

    rigidly, bolt, stiffly

    flexible, sober, flexile, irresolute, mobile, informal, weak

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Dictionary of English Synonymes0.0 / 0 votes

  1. stiffadjective

    rigid, unbending, unyielding, inflexible

  2. stiffadjective

    firm, tenacious, thick, inspissated

  3. stiffadjective

    stubborn, obstinate, pertinacious, rigorous, severe, strict, straight-laced, stringent, peremptory, absolute, positive, austere, dogmatic, uncompromising

  4. stiffadjective

    formal, constrained, ceremonious, punctilious, prim, starch, stately, chilling, frigid, in buckram

  5. stiffadjective

    inelegant, cramped, harsh, crude, graceless, abrupt

  6. stiffadjective

    strong, fresh

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  1. List of paraphrases for "stiff":

    rigid, steep, stiffness, fierce, harsh, severe, stone-cold, tough, hard, corpse

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  1. William Lauretti:

    We're trying to take joints in your spine that have become too stiff and give them back their normal motion again.

  2. Stacey Abrams:

    The stiffest of stiff arms came courtesy of Stacey Abrams, who refused to appear at Biden's voting rights speech in Atlanta last month. That's her big issue, by the way, and we never did find out what Abrams's scheduling conflict was, the truth is, Biden is human kryptonite for anyone hoping to win politically. Even the dullest of Democrat knives in the drawer know that Biden is clueless on stopping the biggest issue facing us now, which is inflation.

  3. Dan Schoenthal:

    I wake up a little stiff and sore every morning, but I stretch out and get my gear together and by the time I eat a little breakfast and have some water, I'm usually pretty good to go.

  4. Michael Winner:

    Richard Todd was the most wonderful type of British stiff upper lip acting

  5. Angela Kelly:

    I was thinking, ‘Goodness me, I need a gin and tonic.’ So while the queen was under the dryer I said to her, ‘I’m off for a stiff drink because this is so stressful, getting it just right for you.'.

Translations for stiff

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  • трупBulgarian
  • rígid, encarcaratCatalan, Valencian
  • ztuhlýCzech
  • starr, Steifer, Zechpreller, prellen, steifGerman
  • adolorido, tieso, rígido, serio, severo, duro, inflexibleSpanish
  • tehdä oharit, jannu, uhri, kova, hemmo, heebo, kankea, ruumis, jäykkä, heppu, raatoFinnish
  • macchabée, rigideFrench
  • ragScottish Gaelic
  • inflessibile, duro, rigido, severoItalian
  • 払い忘れる, 堅い, カモ, 食い逃げ, 固い, 無銭飲食, 凝る, 硬い, オッサンJapanese
  • stingrs, stings, stīvsLatvian
  • ioioMāori
  • rigide, stijf, inflexibel, stevig, stugDutch
  • sério, severo, rijo, dolorido, duro, hirto, inflexível, rígidoPortuguese
  • a țepuiRomanian
  • лох, суровый, непоколебимый, твёрдый, одеревенелый, труп, жёсткий, непреклонный, негибкий, чопорный, холодный, окостеневший, жмурик, строгийRussian
  • stel, sjappaSwedish
  • cứngVietnamese
  • stifikVolapük

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