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Synonyms for stiff

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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

Princeton's WordNet

  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 Synonymes

  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

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. Antonin Scalia:

    They should give them some stiff sentences is what they ought to do, give them stiff, stiff sentences. Stiff sentences.

  2. Ryan Russell:

    I rationalized my fear because it was easy to convince Ryan Russell that hiding who I was made the most sense. The competition is so stiff to stay in the league, that any small mark can lead a front office to choose another guy for your job.

  3. Lawrence Durrell:

    Now stiff on a pillar with a phallic air nelson stylites in Trafalgar square reminds the British what once they were.

  4. James Steyer:

    We urge the FTC to keep the pressure up by imposing fines with real monetary teeth and requiring meaningful structural change from these platforms, we also encourage Congress to update our privacy laws to reflect the digital world our kids are living in. Until platforms are forced to pay stiff penalties and commit to real changes they will not properly serve their kids and family audiences.

  5. Joey Jackson:

    I think prosecutors -- if they're looking to go down the route of potentially holding other people accountable -- will now say,' Now that you're guilty, perhaps you can speak to us now, and to the extent that you cooperate, maybe we can work out some kind of arrangement where it's not as stiff for you in jail,'.

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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