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Synonyms for stiff

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. stiff(noun)

    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, remains(adj)

    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. stiff(adj)

    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. stiff(adj)


    "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, buckram(adj)

    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, stiff(adj)

    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, unwavering(adj)

    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, stiff(adj)

    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, wet(adverb)

    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. stiff(adverb)


    "bored stiff"; "frightened stiff"


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

  11. stiffly, stiff(adverb)

    in a stiff manner

    "his hands lay stiffly"

    rigidly, bolt, stiffly

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

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  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

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. stiff(a.)

    rigid, unbending, unyielding, inflexible

  2. stiff(a.)

    firm, tenacious, thick, inspissated

  3. stiff(a.)

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

  4. stiff(a.)

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

  5. stiff(a.)

    inelegant, cramped, harsh, crude, graceless, abrupt

  6. stiff(a.)

    strong, fresh

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "stiff":

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

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How to use stiff in a sentence?

  1. David Yelland:

    Clearly Meghan and Harry don't want to go along with what you might call the social contract... where they get kicked around in the media but it's a stiff upper lip and you carry on.

  2. The American:

    Some days I'm stiffer than others. Yesterday I was out there hitting it great, driving it out there with Brooksy and DJ, and today I'm stiff. Hopefully I'm not that way tomorrow.

  3. Pearson Cross:

    Bill Cassidy is a really stiff, wooden, uncommunicative candidate who is a bad speaker, bill Cassidy's Bill Cassidy.

  4. Anuj Somany:

    There is no stiff competition in a business space regardless of what market news says until all companies therein start hiring and multiplying their sales workforce from top to bottom.

  5. Tiger Woods:

    It's still a little bit stiff, but that's just the way it's going to be.

Translations for stiff

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  • трупBulgarian
  • encarcarat, rígidCatalan, Valencian
  • ztuhlýCzech
  • steif, Steifer, starr, Zechpreller, prellenGerman
  • adolorido, tieso, rígido, severo, duro, inflexible, serioSpanish
  • jäykkä, raato, kankea, kova, hemmo, heebo, jannu, uhri, tehdä oharit, ruumis, heppuFinnish
  • rigide, macchabéeFrench
  • ragScottish Gaelic
  • inflessibile, rigido, severo, duroItalian
  • 凝る, オッサン, カモ, 食い逃げ, 無銭飲食, 払い忘れる, 堅い, 固い, 硬いJapanese
  • stingrs, stīvs, stingsLatvian
  • ioioMāori
  • stug, stijf, rigide, stevig, inflexibelDutch
  • duro, rígido, sério, rijo, severo, inflexível, hirto, doloridoPortuguese
  • a țepuiRomanian
  • непоколебимый, твёрдый, труп, жёсткий, непреклонный, негибкий, чопорный, окостеневший, лох, строгий, жмурик, холодный, одеревенелый, суровыйRussian
  • sjappa, stelSwedish
  • cứngVietnamese
  • stifikVolapük

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    A synonym of "dry"
    • A. juiceless
    • B. drippy
    • C. sodden
    • D. steamy

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